Participation in Thames Chase Community Forest: A Multimedia Elicitation Tool

  • M. W. J. Spaul
  • S. H. Evans
  • S. A. Unsworth


This paper describes the design thinking behind, and the outline structure of, a multimedia system to represent and elicit comments on some aspects of Thames Chase Community Forest in Essex. It is part of a programme of research projects being carried out at Anglia Polytechnic University intended to form links between the university and local communities and businesses. These projects are designed to be “dual use”, with benefits for both the community and the academic work of the university. In the case of this project the aim is to provide Thames Chase with a multimedia facility for use in its schools outreach programme, and simultaneously - for the present authors - to be part of a wider research programme into the representation and consumption of countryside leisure sites. This paper is written principally from the latter, academic, perspective; it outlines the background to the development of community forests, a rationale for the research project, and the conceptual design of the multimedia system.


Community Forest Multimedia System Urban Fringe Private Landowner Visual Argument 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. W. J. Spaul
    • 1
  • S. H. Evans
    • 1
  • S. A. Unsworth
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Design and Communication SystemsAnglia Polytechnic UniversityChelmsfordUK

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