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Community gardening and wellbeing: The understandings of organisers and their implications for gardening for health

McGuire, L.; Morris, S.L.; Pollard, T.M.

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Authors

Laura McGuire laura.e.mcguire@durham.ac.uk
Post Doctoral Research Associate

S.L. Morris



Abstract

Community gardening is increasingly framed and promoted as a way to foster healthful behaviours, as a wellbeing practice, and as a public health tool. This paper draws on semi-structured interviews with community gardening organisers (n = 9) in the North East of England, who were engaged in translating and transforming discourses and ideas about community gardening into places and practices that people can draw benefit from. Here, community gardening can be understood as a bricolage of ideas, resources, and skills at the nexus of several influences and movements, assembled to produce a localised, everyday sort of social change. We conclude that framing community gardening as a simple solution to be harnessed in the promotion of health and wellbeing undermines the richness that sustains it and may lead to disenchantment within health services and community gardening organisations that could threaten the future of ‘green social prescribing’.

Citation

McGuire, L., Morris, S., & Pollard, T. (2022). Community gardening and wellbeing: The understandings of organisers and their implications for gardening for health. Health & Place, 75, Article 102773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102773

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 18, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2022
Publication Date 2022-05
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 29, 2022
Journal Health & Place
Print ISSN 1353-8292
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Article Number 102773
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102773
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1208434

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