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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2016

The role of green spaces and their management in a child-friendly urban village

Jansson, Writ; Sundevall, Elin; Wales, Mark


Environmental child-friendliness is affected by how built environments and green spaces are planned and designed, but also by their ongoing management, including both development and maintenance. This study examined children’s perspectives on their local environments with focus on green spaces and their management in an urban village. Five groups totalling 16 children aged 10–11 were interviewed through child-led walks. Both the qualities of the village as a whole and of specific places within it added to the child-friendliness of the local environment. The children showed planned and managed spaces including playgrounds and parks, and unmanaged places such as abandoned gardens. They found many qualities in multifunctional planned places with a varied, rich content. In unmanaged areas the lack of management was seen as positive for exploration, play possibilities and for the place to be children’s own. The findings suggest that children’s perspectives can play an important role not only in planning and design, but also in the ongoing process of landscape management, including the provision of more variation in local green spaces.


Children's perspectives; Child-friendly environments; Green space management; Landscape management; Landscape planning; Urban green space

Published in

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
2016, volume: 18, pages: 228-236

Authors' information

Sundevall, Elin (Sundevall, Elin)

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities

UKÄ Subject classification

Landscape Architecture

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