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Web URL(s):http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1618866713001222
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Author(s):Weber, Frauke; Kowarik, Ingo; Säumel, Ina
Author Affiliation:Kowarik: Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB); Säumel: Department of Ecology, Chair of Ecological Impact Research and Ecotoxicology; Weber: Department of Ecology, Chair of Ecosystem Science/Plant Ecology, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Title:A walk on the wild side: Perceptions of roadside vegetation beyond trees
Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Vol. 13, No. 2, 2014, p. 205-212.
# of Pages:8
Publishing Information:Jena, Germany: Urban & Fischer
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Aesthetic values; Ecological balance; Economic impacts; Perceptions; Roadside plants; Urban habitat
Abstract/Contents:"Urban nature is of vital importance for human well-being in an increasingly urbanized world. Despite the wide variety of urban greenspaces, previous research has mostly focussed on parks and in particular presence of trees. Although streets are fundamental urban structures and offer an array of green elements beyond trees, the perception and valuation of other kinds of roadside vegetation by urban residents is understudied so far. This study explores the range of roadside vegetation and associated ecosystem services perceived by city dwellers in densely populated inner city districts of two German cities. Further, we explored how wild-grown roadside vegetation is valued by interviewees. Results confirmed the important role of trees but also demonstrated that city dwellers perceive a variety of cultivated and "wild" green components other than trees. Respondents attached a wide range of meanings and values to roadside greenery and showed a surprisingly high awareness of associated ecosystem services. Wild urban roadside vegetation met with high approval, although planted and maintained vegetation was preferred. Our study illustrated that trees and other elements of roadside vegetation fulfil important functions in the view of the public. For many respondents, ecological and economical functions of roadside vegetation were more important than orderliness. This indicates opportunities for enhancing the biodiversity of urban streetscapes. As public green spaces are in short supply in many cities, enhancing cultivated and wild roadside vegetation could help to deliver ecosystem services in the areas near where people move and live."
Note:Pictures, color
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Weber, F., I. Kowarik, and Ina Säumel. 2014. A walk on the wild side: Perceptions of roadside vegetation beyond trees. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 13(2):p. 205-212.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2013.10.010
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