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Harnessing diversity in gardens through individual decision makers


Kendal, D and Williams, NSG and Williams, KJH, Harnessing diversity in gardens through individual decision makers, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25, (4) pp. 201-202. ISSN 0169-5347 (2010) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tree.2009.11.006


Goddard et al.’s [1] review is a welcome contribution to the study of the ecological effects of urban gardens in western developed countries. However, we disagree with their proposition that gardens should be ‘managed collectively’ to enhance native urban biodiversity. This may in fact be counterproductive as the very high vegetation diversity observed in gardens is the result of many individual decision makers. Instead, we argue that the key to biodiversity conservation in urban gardens is developing a greater understanding of the factors driving both the positive (high diversity) and negative (low proportion of native plants) ecological outcomes of peoples’ gardening practices. Both research and practice should focus on understanding and harnessing the extraordinarily high species and structural diversity that result from current gardening practices in ways that enhance broader ecological functioning.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:urban gardens
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:124658
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-03-02
Last Modified:2018-03-16

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