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Green space context and vegetation complexity shape people's preferences for urban public parks and residential gardens

Harris, V, Kendal, D ORCID: 0000-0003-2816-1722, Hahs, AK and Threlfall, CG 2017 , 'Green space context and vegetation complexity shape people's preferences for urban public parks and residential gardens' , Landscape Research, vol. 43, no. 1 , pp. 150-162 , doi: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1302571.

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Abstract

Landscape preferences shape decision-making and drive the ecological outcomes of urban landscapes. We investigate how people’s landscape preferences are shaped by the green space context (public park vs private residential garden landscapes) and by physical features such as vegetation complexity. A postal questionnaire was sent to households near seven urban parks in Melbourne, Australia. Results showed that landscapes were grouped into four categories based on patterns of preference response. Landscapes with moderate vegetation complexity were placed in separate categories distinguished by green space context (parks vs gardens), whilevery simple and very complex landscapes were placed in different categories irrespective of green space context. Surprisingly, dense vegetation was highly preferred by respondents. As areas of dense vegetation also provide complex habitats for wildlife, this highlights the possibility of developing policies and designing landscapes that can benefit both people and nature.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harris, V and Kendal, D and Hahs, AK and Threlfall, CG
Keywords: landscape preference, parks, gardens, diversity
Journal or Publication Title: Landscape Research
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0142-6397
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01426397.2017.1302571
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© 2017 Landscape Research Group Ltd

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