Transforming urban gardeners into land stewards

Mumaw, L 2017, 'Transforming urban gardeners into land stewards', Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 52, pp. 92-103.


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Title Transforming urban gardeners into land stewards
Author(s) Mumaw, L
Year 2017
Journal name Journal of Environmental Psychology
Volume number 52
Start page 92
End page 103
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This qualitative study explores how urban gardeners were supported to become land stewards through a wildlife gardening program in Melbourne Australia, and how this process occurred. From interviews of 16 program members in their gardens, the effects of program participation on reported gardening purpose and practice, and attachments to place, nature, and community, were investigated. Using inductive analysis, a stewardship development model was posited and compared to PEB change models. A first phase introduces participants to the purpose, activities, and support for land stewardship, and their potential role. A development phase follows where connections to place deepen; stewardship knowledge, competencies and activities strengthen; and commitment to stewardship increases through learning by doing, supported by rewarding results, validation, community involvement, and accessible resources. Private land stewardship values and practice can develop from wildlife gardening, a means to foster urban biodiversity while strengthening connections between residents and nature, place, and community.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Keyword(s) Environmental education
Environmental stewardship
Land stewardship
Urban nature conservation
Wildlife gardening
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.05.003
Copyright notice © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN 0272-4944
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