Digging for victory: the potential for urban agriculture in Portsmouth

McMaster, Lillian (2011) Digging for victory: the potential for urban agriculture in Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of the dissertation is to explore the feasibility of implementing agricultural practices into the urban setting, taking account of the hazards and limitations of the city environment. The dissertation researches the phenomena of urban agricultural practices and the media hype surrounding the growth of interest and demand for resources to ‘grow-your-own’ in a global context in order to take from these a best practice and applying such practices to the chosen case study city, Portsmouth.

    Portsmouth has higher levels of deprivation than the national average and its life expectancy rate is the lowest in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight stressing the need to improve people’s diets and lifestyles and access to cheap and healthy food, something which urban agriculture may offer. Thus these concerns, and other concerns relating to our environment and society’s health, are the rationale for such an enquiry into whether implementation of such practices is possible and whether it will receive serious consideration by local government and planning professionals in the foreseeable future.

    In order to investigate the implementation of urban agriculture specifically in Portsmouth the three research objectives looked to firstly measure demand from the public through the use of questionnaires, the results from which supported local and national media claims of increased demand. Secondly, professionals in the appropriate field of expertise were interviewed to explore whether future planning and environmental policies had taken serious consideration of urban agriculture as a planning theme which resulted in the conclusion that the growth of future urban food growing activities rests in the hands of faithful NGOs and community groups rather than the support of municipal policies. Lastly, the testing of soil for contamination from five urban plots in Portsmouth showed that urban food growing has potential on vacant, underused and idle land throughout the city.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 09:11
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5388

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