Greener growing: assessing the influence of gardening practices on the ecological viability of community gardens in South East Queensland, Australia

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Guitart, Daniela A
Byrne, Jason A
Pickering, Catherine M
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2015
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While claims about the environmental benefits of community gardens abound, few researchers have systematically assessed the ecological integrity of gardening practices. This study investigated gardening practices in 50 community gardens in Brisbane and Gold Coast cities, Australia. The study aimed to better understand how gardening practices might affect the ecological viability of community gardens. Factors investigated included: garden bio-physical characteristics, operators' motivations, gardeners' socio-demographic backgrounds, garden facilities and types of plants grown. Two broad types of gardens were identified: permaculture (21 gardens) and non-permaculture (29 gardens). Permaculture gardens used lower-impact gardening practices. Findings have policy implications for environmental planning and management.

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Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

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58

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2

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© 2013 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Volume 58, 2015 - Issue 2, Pages 189-212. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.

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Environmental management

Land use and environmental planning

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