Growing the community: a case study of community gardens in Lincoln's Abbey Ward

Jackson, Jennifer (2018) Growing the community: a case study of community gardens in Lincoln's Abbey Ward. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 33 (6). pp. 530-541. ISSN 1742-1705

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Community gardens as previous research has found are as much about growing the community and the individuals involved, as gardening itself. The study of Green Synergy’s community garden initiatives within Lincoln’s relatively deprived Abbey Ward provided an exceptional case study in which to review the inter-relationship of impact both at a community and individual level. The social element of community gardening in building connections between social and natural capital is explored, and how community gardens can provide a ‘counter-narrative’ to perceptions of place and individual well-being.

The qualitative research approach which included observation, interviews, a focus group and workshop was designed to reflect the wide scope of the projects and generate both individual and communal reflection on the projects. The themes that emerged open up further understanding of the multiple dynamics arising from the collaborative creation of ‘green spaces’ in providing bonding and bridging social capital within communities, together with challenging narratives of individual and community capacity. In so doing, it adds to existing research evidence on the diverse community connections, spaces and products that community gardening engenders.

Additional Information:Paper is part of a forthcoming Critical Foodscapes Special Issue of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
Keywords:Community, Social capital, Natural capital, Community gardens, Deprivation
Subjects:L Social studies > L540 Community Work
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B910 Environmental Health
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:20 Nov 2017 09:55

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