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'Making a wish': Children and the local landscape

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Maggie RoeORCiD


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The links between children's rights and their participation in environmental decision-making is a growing field of interest. This paper describes 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 northeast of England. The focus of this paper is on the relationship of these children with their local landscape and how they felt about involvement in decision-making that might affect that environment. The methodology was child-centred responding to the 'languages' of children. Two main findings are discussed in this paper: (a) issues of boundary were particularly important in physical and emotional terms for both children and parents and this had little to do with the rurality of the location; (b) children believe they have special knowledge about the environment, which they may express using a range of communication methods. The author reflects on what implications this might have for the design and layout of local environments generally. © 2006 Taylor & Francis.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Roe M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Environment

Year: 2006

Volume: 11

Issue: 2

Pages: 163-181

Print publication date: 01/04/2006

ISSN (print): 1354-9839

ISSN (electronic): 1469-6711

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/13549830600558465


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