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Perceived personal safety in relation to urban woodland vegetation – A review

Jansson, Märit and Fors, Hanna and Lindgren, Therese and Wiström, Björn (2013). Perceived personal safety in relation to urban woodland vegetation – A review. Urban forestry & urban greening. 12:2, 127-133
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2013.01.005

Abstract

Urban woodland vegetation provides people with many aesthetic, ecological and psychological benefits, but can also generate problems concerning people’s perception of safety. This paper reviews existing knowledge about perceived personal safety in relation to vegetation, particularly woodland vegetation, in urban green spaces such as parks and residential areas. Individual and social factors, but also vegetation character, maintenance and design, proved to be important for perceived personal safety. Vegetation-related aspects identified as being of particular importance include landscape design, possibilities for overview and control, vegetation density, and vegetation character and maintenance. Vegetation of an open character with low density undergrowth might have positive effects on perceived personal safety without reducing other benefits. Issues for future research include context-based studies to consider several aspects of vegetation and their interactions.

Authors/Creators:Jansson, Märit and Fors, Hanna and Lindgren, Therese and Wiström, Björn
Title:Perceived personal safety in relation to urban woodland vegetation – A review
Series/Journal:Urban forestry & urban greening (1618-8667)
Year of publishing :17 February 2013
Volume:12
Number:2
Page range:127-133
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1618-8667
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Refereed:Yes
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:Fear, Fear of crime, Landscape design, Landscape planning, Vegetation development
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1993
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1993
ID Code:11331
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: Mrs Hanna Fors
Deposited On:03 Jul 2014 05:57
Metadata Last Modified:04 Aug 2015 06:54

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