Restorative wildscapes at work: an investigation of the wellbeing benefits of greenspace at urban fringe business sites using ‘go-along’ interviews

Kathryn Colley, Caroline Brown, Alicia Montarzino

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Abstract

The potential well-being benefits associated with the use of privately owned greenspaces in working environments have received little research attention. Given the growing evidence on the restorative benefits of urban greenspace, and the fact that many people spend most of their daily hours at the workplace, the question of whether physical access to green environments from workplaces can promote well-being is a pertinent one. Person–environment relationships in peri-urban business sites were investigated in a series of semi-structured ‘go-along’ interviews with employees at Scottish science parks. Workers described a range of well-being benefits from outdoor breaks and associated these with qualities of the environment. Semi-natural and informally landscaped areas were most strongly associated with restoration during the working day. The implications of the findings for the planning and design of business sites at the urban fringe are explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-615
Number of pages18
JournalLandscape Research
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2016

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Keywords

  • naturalness
  • Open space
  • peri-urban development
  • restorative environments
  • science park

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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