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Residential urban trees – socio-ecological factors affecting tree and shrub abundance in the city of Malmö, Sweden

Klobucar, Blaz and Östberg, Johan and Wiström, Björn and Jansson, Märit (2021). Residential urban trees – socio-ecological factors affecting tree and shrub abundance in the city of Malmö, Sweden. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 62 , 127118
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Abstract

Trees and large shrubs in urban environments provide a wide array of ecosystem services, enhancing the well-being of urban residents. Public trees in Sweden are managed by local governments, but private-owned urban trees, which represent a large proportion of the total urban tree population, are managed by residential property owners. Residential urban trees are generally not included in urban forest management plans at local government level. This study examined property-level characteristics that could lead to better management decisions by property owners on residential trees in Malmö, Sweden.
Using spatial sampling, 99 properties were inventoried to determine tree basal area (m2/ha), as a measure of woody plant abundance. In parallel, residents were surveyed about their attitudes to trees, and information on background variables on their properties was collected using through publicly available spatial data. Statistical modelling was used to determine relationships between key socio-ecological variables and tree abundance as well as reasons for planting and removal of trees.
The results showed that positively perceived benefits of trees to property owners did not necessarily result in greater tree and shrub abundance on individual properties. Instead, house age and potential plantable space were the variables positively correlated with tree and shrub abundance. Years of residence had a negative correlation with probability of planting. The primary reason for tree removal was improper growing site, which indicates that providing practical information on appropriate site/species selection could reduce the risk of healthy urban tree removal.

Authors/Creators:Klobucar, Blaz and Östberg, Johan and Wiström, Björn and Jansson, Märit
Title:Residential urban trees – socio-ecological factors affecting tree and shrub abundance in the city of Malmö, Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:62
Article number:127118
Number of Pages:8
ISSN:1618-8667
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112266
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112266
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DOI10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127118
ID Code:24536
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
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Deposited On:14 Jun 2021 14:40
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jun 2021 14:42

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