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Trust, connection and equity: Can understanding context help to establish successful Campus Community Gardens?


Marsh, P and Mallick, S and Flies, E and Jones, P and Pearson, S and Koolhof, I and Byrne, J and Kendal, D, Trust, connection and equity: Can understanding context help to establish successful Campus Community Gardens?, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (20) pp. 1-25. ISSN 1660-4601 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph17207476


Campus community gardens (CCGs) can potentially improve student health and wellbeing, mitigate social and ecological problems, and nurture university-community relationships. However, CCGs are located in complex socio-political and ecological settings and many community gardens struggle or fail. However, few studies have assessed the socio-political/ecological context of a garden setting prior to its development to understand the potential barriers and enablers of success. Our study assessed the socio-spatial context of a proposed CCG at a student university accommodation site. We engaged diverse university and community stakeholders through interviews, focus groups and a survey to explore their perceptions of the space generally and the proposed garden specifically. Visual observations and public life surveying were used to determine patterns of behavior. Results confirmed known problems associated with an underutilized site that provides little opportunity for lingering or contact with nature; and unknown barriers, including socially disconnected stakeholders and community distrust of the university. The research also uncovered positive enablers, such as stakeholder appreciation of the social, wellbeing and ecological benefits that a CCG could deliver. Our findings suggest that an in-depth exploration of a proposed garden context can be an important enabler of its success.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:campus community garden, health, socio-spatial connection, trust, sustainability, university students, wellbeing
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
UTAS Author:Mallick, S (Dr Suzanne Mallick)
UTAS Author:Flies, E (Dr Emily Flies)
UTAS Author:Jones, P (Dr Penelope Jones)
UTAS Author:Pearson, S (Dr Sue Pearson)
UTAS Author:Koolhof, I (Mr Iain Koolhof)
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:141447
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2020-10-21
Last Modified:2021-04-22
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