Looking for people who don’t garden, and other unexpected PhD moments

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Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

I am coming to the end of my first year as a PhD student at the Landscape department and am looking for people who do not garden to answer my questionnaire.

This might seem an unusual move for someone who is doing a project on the impact of front gardens on health and well-being, especially as I am funded by, and working with, the Royal Horticultural Society. Rest assured, I already have plenty of responses from gardeners but I need to be able to compare this data with non-gardeners to better understand and isolate the therapeutic impacts of gardens and gardening. Read more…

Statement on Sheffield’s trees from staff at the Department of Landscape

In November of 2016, Sheffield City Council undertook a consultation process for its draft Trees and Woodlands Strategy 2016-2030.  Staff in the Department of Landscape made responses to specific points within the strategy, and to the strategy overall.  These were all collated into a single, collective Department of Landscape entry into the consultation.  In this blog entry, which is submitted and endorsed by the signatories below (comprising all the academic and teaching staff in the Department of Landscape), we are publishing the accompanying statement to that submission. Read more…

(video) Children’s Outdoor Play Opportunities in Chinese cities

 

Helen Woolley hosted an inspiring 15 minute talk in which she explored Children’s Outdoor Play Opportunities in Chinese cities during the “Young People and the ‘New Urban Agenda’: addressing key themes of Habitat lll” conference in Birmingham on 14-15 September 2016. Helen draws on her experiences in China and offers a window into the differences of play opportunities provided to children between China and other parts of the world.

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(video) Facilitating Children’s Outdoor Play in Post-Disaster contexts

Helen Woolley hosted an inspiring 15 minute talk on Facilitating Children’s Outdoor Play in Post-disaster contexts during the “Young People and the ‘New Urban Agenda’: addressing key themes of Habitat lll” conference in Birmingham on 14-15 September 2016. Helen takes the audience through the effects of the triple disaster in Japan and illustrates the vital importance of play for children in these post-disaster situations.

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Nature knows best – Could embracing wildflowers improve garden resilience?

Emma Lewis

wildflowers represent nature’s optimum; natural selection occurring over many generations has promoted the traits that give the best chance of survival

Wildflowers appear to be very much in fashion this season, with many of the designers at RHS Chelsea Read more…

Can ‘Friends’ save our parks?

by Melanie Burton

There are issues relating to responsibilities and insurances when community groups take over green space management (who is to blame if something goes wrong, who puts it right?).”

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Reviving Green Spaces Between Houses

Helen Woolley

A high percentage of urban green spaces in our UK cities is that within which social housing is set. Although the original intention was that these green space should be everybody’s in reality many of them have become nobody’s. Read more…

Greening the Grey – Vegetating front gardens for improved well-being

Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

Today, one in three front gardens in the UK have no plants growing in them. This is three times less than 10 years ago. “So what?” you may think. Read more…

Reflecting on the Urban River in India

Nicola Dempsey

In the fast-paced urbanization of India’s cities, it can be hard to find public open spaces to take refuge from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Read more…

Designing for Diversity

Clare Rishbeth

 

From Brick Lane to Liverpool, we know that urban places have been shaped by migration for many decades. But with the EU membership referendum and increased resettlement of refugees across Europe, it seems timely to examine what this means for professional remits within the built environment. Read more…

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