• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Human geography field work: social and environmental quality in Coventry.

Extracts from this document...


Human geography field work: social and environmental quality in Coventry. By Katie Clarke Introduction This report will analyse the human field work completed within the Coventry area. It will look at the aims and methodology of the work as well as criticising it and identifying any special variations within Coventry. Field exercises are important and this report will outline some of the skills that have been used in this field exercise. Aims of the field work The aims of the field work were to identify the variations in environmental quality in Coventry. This exercise has outlined the importance of environmental quality as a factor within urban environments. It was an important exercise as it helped students to use field skills that are still developing. The final aim of this field exercise was to. Methodology of the field work The methodology used in the field was adapted from Nottinghamshire county council scheme for assessing environmental quality. This involved dividing the city into 8 areas and then assessing each area for various factors. These factors included, Landscape / visual quality Townscape / visual quality Appearance of gardens Intrusion of non conforming uses Traffic Noise Air pollution Access to primary school Access to other facilities Access to park or other open space Access to public transportation Garaging / parking provision Garden provision Provision of neighbourhood amenities Land use These factors helped to identify the environmental quality of Coventry. ...read more.


Outside the boundaries and to the north-west part of the city there is also a high amount of land used for horticulture and agriculture (shown in blue). This demonstrates urban sprawl in progress. The agricultural land is in small quantities and pushed to the edges and outside the city. The residential areas on the other hand appear to be expanding outside of the city boundaries as seen mostly to the south and south-east but also to the north. Public sector, open spaces, retail and industrial areas appear to evenly spread throughout the city, except to the west. This may be because there is a high amount of agriculture and horticulture here so these services are less needed. Overall Coventry City appears to be a moderately equip city with a wide variety of land uses. Figure 3 shows the appearance and amenity of Coventry. This figure almost divides the city in two. This is because it is clear where the areas with best amenity and appearance are. The areas to the west and south-west of the city show high amounts of yellow. Sectors A and G especially have a high amount of ranks bellow 7. This could be due to the high amount of agriculture land in these areas. The countryside is often seen to have better appearance than the city. The rest of the city shows a majority of ranks between 8-16 but with some areas having a rank of 26 or above. ...read more.


Conclusions This field exercise has taught the students how Nottinghamshire council classifies an area's land use, appearance, amenity, access and provision. It has helped to enable the students to use a ranking system. As the work was carried out in groups it has also helped to build team work skills. Finally, it taught the students time management skills as there was a limit to how long the exercise should take. The city of Coventry, like any other city, has a wide variety of areas all with different land use, appearance, amenity, access and provision. This exercise aimed to identify the special variations within Coventry. On any of the mentioned factors, the result is not black or white. The results have proven Coventry to be as unique and complex as any other city is. There exists too many variables to be able to simply state that what Coventry's dominant land uses, appearance, amenity, access or provision is. This report has demonstrated some of the factors that could have influenced the results of the exercise. Like any other city, some areas of Coventry are better than others. This is prominent on the maps. Sector C for example shows that the Foleshill and Aldermans green areas have high results in both maps, and has a predominant land use of residential. This helps to identify where the less desirable places in the city are and where the more desirable places are. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Human Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Human Geography essays

  1. Malham field work.

    I don't think that they would visit as much if it was dirty, boring and an eyesore. As well as this I would expect Malham to only have services for tourists and nothing else e.g. farms, factories because this would mean that Malham would depend on other things not just tourism.

  2. GCSE Geography Settlement Coursework

    Oxford city centre is also easy to get to by buses, which arrive frequently and from a variety of different places (for example St. Giles, Grovelands, Summertown, Kidlington, Cowley Centre, Bicester, Abingdon, Blackbird Leys etc). Summertown's buses are often only coming in and out of large areas like central Oxford, among others.

  1. Overstrand report

    linked together to form terracing, retain river banks and support earth banks. The gabions can be 'stacked' to form a wall about 10m high. Even though Gabions are cheap, (about �100 per metre) they are easy to construct with limited amount of equipment and are for short term only.

  2. Free essay

    Development Variations

    Europe and America have not developed as rapidly as they are already MEDC's. However countries in the continent of South Africa such as Chad, Nigeria, Somalia etc show little progress in their overall development. Country A - My NIC China An NIC is a Newly Industrialized Country which is an

  1. Free essay

    Does the 'quality of life' vary in Enfield?

    The wards that people respect the most are usually the ones with the higher quality of life. To measure, take a 50m sample from any section of the road and count the amount of litter on both sides of the road.

  2. Methodology for our research into the environmental quality of the 2 residential areas.

    This gives us a better idea of the income the residents are receiving because if there is a high count like the high count of 5 this shows that that perhaps the area the count is being conducted in is poorer than another placec so more people dont own cars

  1. Enquiry: Investigation into Retail.

    Graph 2 This shows how often people shop. The results inline with graph one seem to be correct, as everyone we surveyed didn't have to travel very far to get to the CBD. Therefore, more people have the option of going every day. Pie Chart 3 The most people here either came by car or public transport (6 out of 16 each).

  2. Brents environmental issues

    It is undoubtedly true that humans need the many resources the earthy provides, e.g. food, water, energy, minerals etc., but these things will only last if they are used sensibly. If this is not done, the human race will not last, this is why it is everybody's moral duty to look after their environment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work