Edible garden cities: rethinking boundaries and integrating hedges into scalable urban food systems: Rethinking Boundaries and Integrating Hedges into Scalable Urban Food Systems

Peter Larkham, D. Adams (Corresponding / Lead Author), M. Hardman

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    Abstract

    Connecting to and extending recent debates around more-than-human thinking, this paper explores how porous boundary treatments and plot layouts might encourage ecological exchanges within new urban and peri-urban developments. This study therefore responds to suggestions for innovative plot designs that facilitate positive trans-species interactions, especially considering wider
    anxieties surrounding biodiversity loss and recognition of the need for climate-resilient garden spaces. Focusing on a recent example of a large-scale residential development in the English midlands, this paper outlines the socio-economic, cultural and ecological significance of embedding different hedgerow designs into early planning considerations; revealing the need to move beyond current
    models. The discussion then turns to how such ambitions might encourage sustainable land use, particularly through creating potentially scalable urban agricultural systems that sustain healthy food choices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1915
    Number of pages20
    JournalLand
    Volume12
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 13 Oct 2023

    Keywords

    • England
    • boundaries
    • hedges
    • planning
    • suburban design
    • urban food systems

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