Resources and further reading

Academic papers, books, journal articles and other publications relating to the impact of gardens, gardening and green spaces on health and wellbeing

Adevi, A.A. and Mårtensson, F., (2013). “Stress rehabilitation through garden therapy: The garden as a place in the recovery from stress”. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 12(2), 230–237.

Aerts, R., Honnay, O., and Van Nieuwenhuyse, A., (2018). “Biodiversity and human health: mechanisms and evidence of the positive health effects of diversity in nature and green spaces”. British Medical Bulletin, 127(1), 5–22.

Barton, H., Thompson, S., Burgess, S. And Grant. M., (2017). The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a sustainable and healthy future, 1st ed. London: Routledge.

Brindley, P.G., Jorgensen, A., and Maheswaran, R. (2018). “Domestic gardens and self-reported health: a national population study”. International Journal of Health Geographics, 17(31), 1–11.

Buck, D. (2016). Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice. Technical report. London: The King’s Fund, commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme.

Cameron, R.W., Blanuša, T., Taylor, J.E., Salisbury, A., Halstead, A.J., et al., (2012). “The domestic garden – Its contribution to urban green infrastructure”. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11:129–137.

Cameron, R.W., (2014). “Health and well-being”. Horticulture: Plants for People and Places, Vol. 3. Dordrecht, Springer. pp. 1001–1023.

Cameron, R.W. and Blanuša, T. (2016). “Green infrastructure and ecosystem services – is the devil in the detail?” Annals of Botany, 118(3), 377–391.

Cooper Marcus, C. and Sachs, N.A. (2013). Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. John Wiley & Sons.

Cox, D.T.C., Shanahan, D.F., Hudson, H.L., Fuller, R.A., Gaston, K.J. (2018). “The impact of urbanisation on nature dose and the implications for human health”. Landscape and Urban Planning, 179, 72–80.

Dennis, M. and James, P. (2017). “Evaluating the relative infl­uence on population health of domestic gardens and green space along a rural-urban gradient”. Landscape and Urban Planning, 15, 343–351.

de Vries, S., van Dillen, S.M.E., Groenewegen, P.P., and Spreeuwenberg, P. (2013). “Streetscape greenery and health: stress, social cohesion and physical activity as mediators”. Social Science & Medicine, 94, 26–33.

Farrell, Holly. (2017). Gardening for Mindfulness. London: Mitchell Beazley.

Gayle Souter-Brown, (2014). Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Well-Being: Using Healing, Sensory and Therapeutic Gardens. Abingdon: Routledge.

Genter, C., Roberts, A., Richardson, J., and Shea, M. (2015). “The contribution of allotment gardening to health and wellbeing: A systematic review of the literature”. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(10), 593–605.

Grahn, P. and Stigsdotter, A.U. K. (2010). “The relation between perceived sensory dimensions of urban green space and stress restoration”. Landscape and Urban Planning, 94(3-4), 264–275.

Gross, H. (2018). The Psychology of Gardening. 1st edn (The Psychology of Everything). Abingdon: Routledge.

Hartig, T. and Cooper Marcus, C. (2006). “Healing gardens – places for nature in health care”. The Lancet, 368, 36–37.

Hartig, T., Mitchell, R., de Vries, S., and Frumkin, H. (2014). “Nature and Health”. Annual Review of Public Health, 35(1), 207–228.

Hawkins, J. L., Thirlaway, K. J., Backx, K., and Clayton, D. A. (2011). Allotment gardening and other leisure activities for stress reduction and healthy aging. Hort-Technology, 21(5), 577–585.

Kellert, S.R. and Wilson, E.O. (1993). The Biophilia Hypothesis, Washington, DC: Island Press. Louv, R. (2005). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-De­ cit Disorder, Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books.

Lovell, R. (2018). “Health and the natural environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future”. European Centre for Environment & Human Health. (Defra Project Code BE0109). Exeter, University of Exeter Medical School.

Soga, M., Gaston, K.J., and Yamaura, Y. (2016). “Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis”. Preventive Medicine Reports, 5, 92–99.

Stigsdotter, U.K. and Grahn, P. (2002). “What makes a garden a healing garden?” Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 60–69.

Suyin Chalmin-Pui, L., Griffiths, A., Roe, J.J., Cameron, R.W.F., (2019). Bringing Fronts Back: A Research Agenda to Investigate the Health and Well-Being Impacts of Front Gardens. Challenges 2019, 10(2): 37;

Ulrich, R. S. (1983). “Aesthetic and Affective Response to Natural Environment”. Behavior and the Natural Environment, 85–125.

Ulrich, R.S., Simons, R.F., Losito, B.D., Fiorito, E., Miles, M.A., and Zelson, M. (1991). “Stress recovery during exposure to natural and urban environments”. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 11(3):201–230.

Ulrich, S., Lennartsson., M.,, (2014). “Benefits of food growing for health & wellbeing – overview of the evidence report”, Garden Organic and Sustain.

Unruh, A.M., (2002). “The meaning of gardens and gardening in daily life: A comparison between gardeners with serious health problems and healthy participants”. XXVI International Horticultural Congress: Expanding Roles for Horticulture in Improving Human Well-Being and Life Quality, 639, 67–73.

van Den Berg, A.E. and Custers, M.H.G. (2011). “Gardening promotes neuroendocrine and active restoration from stress”. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(1), 3–11.

van Den Berg, M., van Poppel, M., van Kamp, I., Andrusaityte, S., Balseviciene, B., et al., (2016). “Visiting green space is associated with mental health and vitality: A cross-sectional study in four European cities”. Health and Place, 38, 8–15.

van Den Bosch, M. and Bird, W., editors (2018). Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health – The role of nature in improving the health of a population, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ward Thompson, C., Roe, J.J., Aspinall, P., Mitchell, R., Clow, A. and Miller, D. (2012). “More green space is linked to less stress in deprived communities: Evidence from salivary cortisol patterns”. Landscape and Urban Planning, 105(3), 221–229.

White, M.P., Alcock, I., Grellier, J., Wheeler, B.W., Hartig, T., et al., (2019). “Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing”. Scienti­fic Reports, 9(1), 7730.

Winterbottom, D. and Wagenfeld, A. (2015). Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces, London: Timber Press.

Wood, C.J., Pretty, J., and Gri‑ n, M. (2016). “A case-control study of the health and well-being benefits of allotment gardening”. Journal of Public Health, 38(3), 336–344.

World Health Organization (2016). “Urban green spaces and health”. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

World Health Organization (2017). “Urban Green Space Intervention and Health. A review of impacts and effectiveness”. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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