Part 2 – Fieldwork visit to Urban Green Areas and Focus Group with Local Residents/Stakeholders
In their groups of 5, they must visit the urban green area that they were shown in part 1, it is the job of the students to interview local residents and to host a focus group with local politicians, to find out what the local residents think of the urban green areas at present, and what they would like to see improved there. The students will ask the politicians why they have not done more to improve these green areas, and what they plan on doing to improve it. The students can add any suggestions from the local residents to their group project on improving the urban green areas from part 1.
Urban green areas are all around, for example; where people live, work and play, from small communities in rural areas to large metropolitan cities. This includes trees on public and private land, along streets, in residential areas, parks and commercial developments, and in other locations within a community. They may be planted by design or have grown by accident. Trees are an important part of our community, but tree and plant planting, maintenance and protection require an investment of resources, including time and money. Are the benefits that trees and plants offer to our communities bigger than their costs? The answer is yes. These teaching resources aim to make students aware of the need for improving green spaces, adding new spaces, as well as knowing the benefits of trees and plants in our daily life.
They will also be encouraged to develop green spaces, because at the minute there is not enough compared to the population in suburban areas. The main aim of the teaching resource is to confront the problems in the urban green areas, determine why they happened, how to deal with them and thus learn the skills and techniques necessary to improve them. The students will work directly with environmental and nursery staff, to help improve the living situation of local residents, and work closely to solve the problems in these urban green spaces, creating a place of tranquillity and relaxation for local residents.