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The influence of enlightened greenspace planning can be seen in some but not all of Australia’s cities – notably Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra. There have been recent suggestions that many contemporary planners and developers have deserted the “garden city” concept in favour of private greenspace. However, there is a considerable level of uncertainty about the impacts associated with the deterioration and loss of urban greenspace and the biodiversity these areas contain, particularly in relation to the sustainability and quality of urban life. In this paper we revisit the connection between people and nature in the city, through a focus on identifying spatial patterns of urban greenspace, health outcomes for people, and knowledge of parks and biodiversity. The paper draws on the preliminary results of two scoping studies that provide a case study exploration of urban greenspace and the connection between people and nature in Melbourne.

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