An assessment of the relative contribution of private residential gardens to the city-wide green space benefits and services: The case of Tartu, Estonia

Himansu Sekhar Mishra, Simon Bell

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence that urban green space is beneficial to both the urban ecosystem and human health and wellbeing (Bolund and Hunhammar, 1999; de Groot et al., 2002; Valarde et al., 2007; Park et al, 2010). However, most cities inventory and manage public green spaces and ignore private areas. These, such as residential gardens, despite their abundance in many urban areas, are under-researched. Residential gardens are under threat from urban densification and changing socio-cultural, socio-economic and lifestyle conditions (Freeman et al., 2012; Bhatti and Church, 2001). They may constitute a major component of urban green space, increasing urban biodiversity and ecological functioning (Loram et al., 2007; Gaston et al., 2005), which largely depends on their extent, structure and composition (Smith et al., 2005; Loram et al., 2008) as well as the way they link into the wider public green infrastructure. Their morphologies are determined by housing type, neighbourhood pattern and positioning within the urban gradient. Despite constituting a large urban nature reserve, often with significant bird populations for example (Fuller et al., 2008; Cannon et al., 2005) residential gardens are undervalued, but function as a critical space in the urban ecological landscape (Freeman et al., 2012).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridging the Gap. ECLAS Conference 2016, Rapperswil, Switzerland. Conference Proceedings
EditorsPaul Bauer, Marcel Collender, Michael Jakob, Lea Ketterer Bonnelaume, Peter Petschek, Dominik Siegrist, Christian Tschumi
Pages347-350
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783952397299
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameSeries of the Institute for Landscape and Open Space
PublisherHSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
Volume14
ISSN (Electronic)1662-5684

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