Urban Domestic Gardens: Characteristics and Contributions to Urban Green Sustainability

  • Irina PANȚIRU University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
  • Erzsebet BUTA University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
  • Dănuț MĂNIUȚIU University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
  • Alexandru I. APAHIDEAN University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
  • Nicușor SIMA University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
  • Alexandru DREGAN King’s College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF UK
  • Rodica Maria SIMA University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj
Keywords: allotment, domestic, gardens, infrastructure, sustainability, urban

Abstract

Domestic gardens (e.g., home, allotment) are important features of the urban green infrastructure (GI) and represent significant component of the urban landscape. The present work aimed to evaluate the overall role and benefits of urban allotments and home gardens for the urban GI in the Global North countries. A literature review was performed to identify published evidence from 2000 onwards on the impact of domestic gardens for GI sustainability within developed countries. A narrative synthesis was used to interpret available research pertaining to urban domestic gardens per se, to define their unique role in GI and to highlight areas in need of further research. The review suggested key differences in both nature and management of urban domestic gardens with major implications for their contribution to GI sustainability. We also acknowledged the heterogeneous social, cultural, ecological, and economic contexts underlying the impact of urban domestic gardens for GI. Further, urban domestic gardens also act as a source of food security and provide additional ecosystem services. The review concluded that home and allotment gardens are important contributors to urban GI sustainability and should be incorporated within the planning, design and management of urban infrastructures.

Author Biographies

Irina PANȚIRU, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Faculty of Horticulture

Erzsebet BUTA, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Faculty of Horticulture

Dănuț MĂNIUȚIU, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Faculty of Horticulture

Alexandru I. APAHIDEAN, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Faculty of Horticulture

Nicușor SIMA, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Faculty of Animal Science and Biotechnologies

Alexandru DREGAN, King’s College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF UK

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Rodica Maria SIMA, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Mănăștur St. no 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

Faculty of Horticulture

Published
2022-11-23