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Effects of garden management practices, by different types of gardeners, on human wellbeing and ecological and soil sustainability in Swiss cities

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Home, Robert; Lewis, Olivia; Bauer, Nicole; Fliessbach, Andreas; Frey, David; Lichtensteiner, Stéphanie; Moretti, Marco; Tresch, Simon; Young, Christopher; Zanetta, Andrea and Stolze, Matthias (2018) Effects of garden management practices, by different types of gardeners, on human wellbeing and ecological and soil sustainability in Swiss cities. Urban Ecosystems, online, pp. 1-11.

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Online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11252-018-0806-2

Summary

Gardens have effects on the local ecology as well as on the wellbeing of the gardener, but few studies have attempted to study gardens using both ecological and social outcome variables. The aim of this exploratory study is to address this research gap by identifying the characteristics of gardens and the management practices of gardeners that enhance the outcomes of gardening, which we separate into three dimensions: human wellbeing, biodiversity, and soil quality. Data were collected from 18 gardens in Zurich, Switzerland and a typology of gardeners was dentified,which included ‘conservationist’, ‘functional’, ‘minimumeffort’,
‘child-friendly’, and ‘aesthetic’ gardeners.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Gardening, Wellbeing, Species richness, Soil Quality, Management practices, Gardener typology
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Switzerland
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
ISSN:Print 1083-8155; Online 1573-1642
DOI:doi.org/10.1007/s11252-018-0806-2
Deposited By: Home, Dr Robert
ID Code:34340
Deposited On:22 Jan 2019 13:11
Last Modified:22 Jan 2019 13:11
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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