The wellbeing of allotment gardeners: a mixed methodological study
Webber, J., Hinds, J. and Camic, P. 2015. The wellbeing of allotment gardeners: a mixed methodological study. Ecopsychology. 7 (1), pp. 20-28. https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2014.0058.
|Authors||Webber, J., Hinds, J. and Camic, P.|
Purpose: The potential for ‘‘green’’ interventions to promote mental wellbeing and reduce mental distress is increasingly being recognized. Preliminary evidence suggests that allotment gardening activities may have a
Design: A mixed-methods design was utilized. Measures of subjective well-being (quality of life), eudaimonic well-being, and connectedness to nature were administered, and qualitative data were collected via a cross-sectional online survey of 171 allotment gardeners in the United Kingdom.
Findings: Allotment gardeners’ eudaimonic well-being and quality of life in the environmental domain were significantly higher than population means reported in the literature. Regression analysis showed that the amount of time gardeners spent on their allotment during summer predicted eudaimonic well-being. This relationship was fully mediated by feelings of connectedness to nature. Four main themes emerged from the qualitative data: allotments provided a space of one’s own, meaningful activity, increased feelings of connectedness, and improved physical and mental health.
Conclusions: The results suggest that allotment gardening is associated with increased eudaimonic well-being but not subjective wellbeing. Furthermore, a mechanism through which allotment gardening enhances well-being is suggested: increased connectedness to nature. Limitations of the study and clinical and research implications are discussed.
Key Words: Allotment gardening—Connectedness to nature—Well-being—Eudaimonia.
|Keywords||Allotment gardening; connectedness to nature; well-being; eudaimonia|
|Journal citation||7 (1), pp. 20-28|
|Publisher||Mary Ann Liebert|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2014.0058.|
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|Deposited||04 Nov 2015|
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