Cultivating health and wellbeing : members' perceptions of the health benefits of a Port Melbourne community garden

Kingsley, Jonathan 'Yotti', Townsend, Mardie and Henderson-Wilson, Claire 2009, Cultivating health and wellbeing : members' perceptions of the health benefits of a Port Melbourne community garden, Leisure studies, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 207-219, doi: 10.1080/02614360902769894.

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Title Cultivating health and wellbeing : members' perceptions of the health benefits of a Port Melbourne community garden
Author(s) Kingsley, Jonathan 'Yotti'
Townsend, Mardie
Henderson-Wilson, ClaireORCID iD for Henderson-Wilson, Claire orcid.org/0000-0001-7826-9788
Journal name Leisure studies
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 207
End page 219
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 1466-4496
Keyword(s) health
wellbeing
urban and community garden
Summary This paper reports on a research project undertaken with members of a community garden in Port Melbourne, Australia, to investigate the ways in which such a facility contributes to the enhancement of health, wellbeing and contact with nature for urban dwellers. Ten members from an urban community garden were interviewed using qualitative semi-structured questions exploring perceptions of health and wellbeing benefits associated with membership. The garden was felt by members to be a sanctuary where people could come together and escape daily pressures, a source of advice and social support, and a place which gave them a sense of worth and involvement. Members also identified spiritual, fitness and nutritional benefits arising from participation in the community garden. It is evident even from this small qualitative study that community gardening offers many health and wellbeing benefits to members. This study provides a basis for the benefits of community gardens in Australia to be taken into account by policy-makers and practitioners to enhance urban community health and wellbeing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02614360902769894
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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