Changing uses, perception and pressures on urban commons: a case study of Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne

Glaves, Peter (2010) Changing uses, perception and pressures on urban commons: a case study of Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne. Landscape Archaeology and Ecology, 8 (2). pp. 77-95. ISSN 1354-0262

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Commons were traditionally attached to many settlements in Britain but in a lot of cities have since been lost to urbanisation. Extensive areas of commons have survived in several English cities including Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne. Such urban commons have been less studied than their rural counterparts, but are important sites for the surrounding large urban populations. A mixture of textual analysis, ethnographic observations and interviews were used to investigate the current and historic uses, pressures and perceptions of Town Moor.

Uses and perceptions of urban commons appear to be highly varied, with high levels of awareness of individual sites and high valuation of these for their ecological, recreational, historical, and landscape characteristics. Awareness of what are commons and the rights and ownerships which goes with these is patchy and in many cases incorrect; this does not however affect the overall high valuation given to local urban commons. Individual benefits and positive perceptions are important to the long term positive management and survival of urban commons.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Conference proceedings of 'The End of Tradition? Aspects of Commons & Cultural Severance in the Landscape' held at Sheffield Hallam University, 15-17 September 2010.
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 16:40
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:30

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