Glasgow's Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

Crossan, J., Shaw, D., Cumbers, A. and McMaster, R. (2015) Glasgow's Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

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Abstract

Drawing upon new approaches to thinking about care this research set out to explore the inter-relationships between sustainability, health, well-being and the urban environment. Through actively engaging with existing grassroots projects involved in community gardening in Glasgow, the project goes beyond existing top-down public policy initiatives, to explore bottom-up and collaborative models of urban regeneration. The research project underpinning this report was designed in collaboration with grassroots community garden groups in the city. Bringing together the experiences and opinions of volunteers and staff working in these gardens and a number of experts and activists in the related areas of Urban Agriculture (UA) and urban green space use, the report identifies a number of ways in which gardens benefit communities. It also assesses a number of challenges faced by community groups as they try to construct a sustainable future for community gardening in Glasgow. After a brief introduction to community gardening in Glasgow, this report outlines a range of benefits accrued to individuals that participate in community garden activities and the wider communities that live in relative proximity to the gardens. The report then considers the main challenges faced by community garden groups in the city.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shaw, Professor Deirdre and McMaster, Professor Robert and Crossan, Dr John and Cumbers, Professor Andrew
Authors: Crossan, J., Shaw, D., Cumbers, A., and McMaster, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
Publisher:University of Glasgow

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