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Green space context and vegetation complexity shape people's preferences for urban public parks and residential gardens

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Harris, V and Kendal, D and Hahs, AK and Threlfall, CG, Green space context and vegetation complexity shape people's preferences for urban public parks and residential gardens, Landscape Research, 43, (1) pp. 150-162. ISSN 0142-6397 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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© 2017 Landscape Research Group Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1080/01426397.2017.1302571

Abstract

Landscape preferences shape decision-making and drive the ecological outcomes of urban landscapes. We investigate how people’s landscape preferences are shaped by the green space context (public park vs private residential garden landscapes) and by physical features such as vegetation complexity. A postal questionnaire was sent to households near seven urban parks in Melbourne, Australia. Results showed that landscapes were grouped into four categories based on patterns of preference response. Landscapes with moderate vegetation complexity were placed in separate categories distinguished by green space context (parks vs gardens), while very simple and very complex landscapes were placed in different categories irrespective of green space context. Surprisingly, dense vegetation was highly preferred by respondents. As areas of dense vegetation also provide complex habitats for wildlife, this highlights the possibility of developing policies and designing landscapes that can benefit both people and nature.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:landscape preference, parks, gardens, diversity
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and Regional Planning
Research Field:Land Use and Environmental Planning
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:123854
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-01-30
Last Modified:2018-03-26
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