THE PEOPLE-PLANT-PLACE PARADIGM
Cities worldwide have sought to improve their environmental quality through the enhancement of their green space. It seems apparent that if these green spaces are to flourish then there is a critical need to understand and describe the beneficial relationships that exist between plants, people, and places and so develop an appropriate paradigm that leads to sustainable green space. The paradigm needs to be a dynamic entity, ever shifting due to changes in the environmental, social, economical, lifestyle and demographic drivers. In recent years these drivers have become more crucial with unprecedented urban growth and the need to adapt to the agents of climate change. Such a paradigm reinforces the fact that horticulturists, economists, ecologists, planners, social and health scientists need to retain closer linkages among their disciplines and how the effects of such a paradigm can influence food production, biodiversity, behaviour, health and well-being as well as human survival. We explore three key dimensions of the concept that make it both complex and broadly useful - its basic definition, the benefits and outcomes that accrue from such a relationship and the factors that would influence a paradigm shift towards sustainable green space.
Aldous, D.E. (2011). THE PEOPLE-PLANT-PLACE PARADIGM. Acta Hortic. 916, 171-178
environment, plant benefits, plant-people relations, sustainable green space