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Children's Relationship with their Local Landcape: A Study in the North East of England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Maggie RoeORCiD


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Past studies indicate that there is a considerable gap in adult understanding of children's use of and attitudes towards landscape features. In addition, research in the UK on the dangers children face both within and outside the home shows that the lack of understanding concerning children’s relationship with these elements poses a serious restriction on the opportunities children have to explore different places and engage in risk activities which is considered a “central process in growing up” (Moore, 1999:20). This presentation reflects upon findings from a six-month in-depth pilot study with a small group of children aged 6-10 years located in a village in the North East of England. The focus is on the relationship of these children with their local landscape. The methodology was child-centred responding to the ‘languages’ of children. One of the main findings of the study was that issues of boundary were found to be particularly important in physical and emotional terms for both children and parents. This is discussed in relation to issues of children’s health, design for play and the implications for the decisions concerning the layout of local environments generally.

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Author(s): Roe MH

Editor(s): Mahdjoubi, L.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Planning and designing healthy public outdoor spaces for young people in the 21st century

Year of Conference: 2006

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Sponsor(s): UWE

ISBN: 9781860433481