"Results suggest that
community gardens were perceived by gardeners to
provide numerous health benefits, including improved
access to food, improved nutrition, increased physical
activity and improved mental health. Community gardens
were also seen to promote social health and community
cohesion. These benefits were set against a backdrop of
insecure land tenure and access, bureaucratic resistance,
concerns about soil contamination and a lack of awareness
and understanding by community members and decision makers.
Results also highlight the need for ongoing resources
to support gardens in these many roles."