Garden visiting as a meaningful occupation for people in later life


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Leaver, Rosemary and Wiseman, Tania (2016) Garden visiting as a meaningful occupation for people in later life British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (12). pp. 768-775. ISSN 0308-0226

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Introduction: Garden visiting, as described in this study, involves visiting private gardens which householders have temporarily opened to the public, in support of charity. In the United Kingdom, garden visiting is a popular occupation which attracts 750,000 people each year. The connections between active gardening and wellbeing are well established, particularly for people in later life. This research explores visiting other people's gardens for leisure in order to deepen our understanding of how garden visiting is experienced as an occupation. Method: Seven people aged between 60 and 81 years old who considered themselves fully retired were interviewed whilst walking through parks and public gardens. Thematic analysis with inductive coding was used to analyse the data. Findings: Four themes emerged: time and wellbeing, embodied wellbeing, being part of a gardening community and pondering the creator. Conclusion: Garden visiting is a complex occupation which brings far-reaching benefits to individuals and communities. Garden visiting also has important implications for increasing wellbeing by grounding people in the present and promoting sensory engagement. Keywords: Garden, older people, leisure, wellbeing, occupation, transition

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: Rosemary Leaver & Tania Wiseman, Garden visiting as a meaningful occupation for people in later life, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol 79, Issue 12, pp. 768 - 775. Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Garden; older people; leisure; wellbeing; occupation; transition
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B900 Others in Health Professions > B930 Occupational Therapy
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N222 Recreation/Leisure Management
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N260 Sport, Leisure and Recreation Management
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/0308022616666844
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 15:49

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