The history of allotment areas in 20th century Sweden and their role in maintaining ecosystem services in urban areas
Parker, John N.
Allotment gardens -- Sweden -- History, 20th century Urban ecology Urbanization -- Environmental aspects Αστική οικολογία Αστικοποίηση -- Περιβαλλοντικές απόψεις
During the 20th century the use of allotment areas in major urban areas in Sweden has gone through several periods of crises and revitalizations. I will review these periods of ups and downs and discuss economic and social drivers linked to each specific period.Today, there is an increasing interest in allotment areas and their role in maintaining biodiversity in increasingly exploited and fragmented urban areas.I will give specific examples from our own studies of allotment areas and their management in the Stockholm metropolitan area.
Paper presented at Seventh International Conference on Urban History:European City in Comparative Perspective, Panteion University, Athens - Piraeus, Greece, 27-30 October 2004, Session: Green spaces in cities since 1918: politics, ideologies, and perceptions