Integrating Community Gardens into Public Parks: An Innovative Approach for Providing Ecosystem Services in Urban Areas

Refereed Journal Article

Project:

Parklands Pavilion Writing Group

Authors:

Dr Isaac Middle, Dr Peta Dzidic, Dr Amma Buckley, Professor Dawn Bennett, Professor Marian Tye, Emeritus Professor Roy Jones

Published:

2014

Published In:

Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

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This paper highlights key benefits that integrating community gardens into standardised and previously under-utilised public park landscapes can offer to individuals and communities. This innovative solution enhances ecosystem and human health by featuring gardening as an alternative and more accessible form of physical activity, facilitating social cohesiveness in diverse communities, and providing unique opportunities for environmental education. Strategies for promoting green space planning and community garden development are proposed, including maintaining a high degree of public access to gardens, ensuring sufficient community support prior to integration, and implementing sustained community outreach and education initiatives.

How to cite:

Middle, I., P. Dzidic, A. Buckley, D. Bennett, M. Tye, and R. Jones. 2014. “Integrating Community Gardens into Public Parks: An Innovative Approach for Providing Ecosystem Services in Urban Areas.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13 (4): 638-645. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2014.09.001.