This paper reports on the findings of the Greenwich Open Space Project which has employed in-depth discussion groups as part of a social survey designed to evaluate what role open areas play in the lives of people living in the city. The study reveals that nature is valued for a wide spectrum of reasons that are deeply embedded in our culture. Prominent among these reasons are the intrinsic appeal of wildlife through an active involvement with animals on a regular basis, and the symbolic value of wild areas and open spaces as 'gateways to a better world'. -from Authors
Harrison, C., Limb, M., & Burgess, J. (1987). Nature in the city - popular values for a living world. Journal of Environmental Management, 25(4), 347–362.