‘I don’t wanna go. I’m staying. This is my home now.’ Analysis of an intervention for connecting young people to urban nature.

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Hallam, Jenny, Gallagher, Laurel and Harvey, Caroline 2021. ‘I don’t wanna go. I’m staying. This is my home now.’ Analysis of an intervention for connecting young people to urban nature. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127341
AuthorsHallam, Jenny, Gallagher, Laurel and Harvey, Caroline
Abstract

This paper uses ethnography to explore young people’s engagement with a UK based intervention designed to promote a meaningful connection to locally accessible urban nature. During the intervention seven young people (aged between 11 and 12 years old) from a socially disadvantaged area, took part in three two-hour sessions held in a patch of urban nature close to their school. During the sessions, facilitators and teachers worked collaboratively with the young people as they explored the space and took part in den building activities. All sessions were recorded using audio and video equipment and a case study approach was utilised to explore the experiences of two young people involved in the project as they worked with practitioners and each other to develop a meaningful connection to the space. Analysis highlights the importance of youth centred interventions which use practical activities to develop a sense of belonging and wellbeing. These issues are discussed in relation to traditional nature engagement interventions and recommendations for practitioners are put forward.

Keywordsurban nature; social disadvantage; qualitative methods
Year2021
JournalUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1618-8667
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127341
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/626039
hdl:10545/626039
Publication dates08 Sep 2021
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Deposited15 Oct 2021, 14:24
Accepted04 Sep 2021
ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Urban Wilderness, Stoke on Trent
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