Public awareness of, and attitude to, Reading's urban gardens: the findings of a questionnaire survey
Ravenscroft, N. (1994) Public awareness of, and attitude to, Reading's urban gardens: the findings of a questionnaire survey. Working Papers in Land Management & Development. 22/94. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp12.
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This paper records and analyses the results of a questionnaire survey, undertaken in Reading in January and February 1994, into the awareness and use of Reading's town centre gardens. The results indicate that although the majority of those interviewed were aware of one or more of the gardens, relatively few visit any of the gardens and, of those who do, the majority visit infrequently. Although the gardens are generally very well liked by those who use them, no clear reasons emerge as to the motivation for visiting, beyond using them as a short cut or as a source of fresh air and tranquillity. Equally, beyond the provision of information and signposting, there appears to be little to turn current non-users into users of the gardens. The report concludes that beyond some managerial issues such as safety and cleanliness, the Borough Council needs to address the extent to which the gardens could play a more central role in the life of the town and, if this is the case, how this might be achieved.
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