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Perception of Urban Trees by Polish Tree Professionals vs. Non-Professionals

Version 1 : Received: 28 November 2018 / Approved: 30 November 2018 / Online: 30 November 2018 (08:51:50 CET)

How to cite: Suchocka, M.; Jankowski, P.; Błaszczyk, M. Perception of Urban Trees by Polish Tree Professionals vs. Non-Professionals. Preprints 2018, 2018110624 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0624.v1). Suchocka, M.; Jankowski, P.; Błaszczyk, M. Perception of Urban Trees by Polish Tree Professionals vs. Non-Professionals. Preprints 2018, 2018110624 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0624.v1).

Abstract

Sustainable urban forests require tree acceptance and support. Two groups of respondents: professionals working in urban green areas and individuals with no professional connection with trees revealed their attitudes towards trees by assessing statements in a survey questionnaire. Tree benefits were perceived as much more important than the annoyance. However, 6% of the non-professionals found only negative aspects of trees, proving to be arboriphobes. No arboriphobes and no “tree sceptics” were among the professionals. Around 40% of the respondents in the two groups found the number of trees in the surrounding areas too low. The nuisance caused by trees was seen as more disturbing by younger and lower educated professionals. Women tended to assess trees as more attractive and as having a stronger influence on social relations than men. Men dominated the “tree indifferent” group. The attractiveness of trees and their impact on social relations were related to the place of residence and the level of education among the non-professionals. The level of education of the non-professionals was also connected to being clustered into one of the four abovementioned groups of respondents. A majority of medium and big city dwellers as well as a minority of villagers were in the “tree liking” cluster.

Subject Areas

tree professionals; tree non-professionals; attitudes towards trees; perception of trees; sustainable urban development; social survey

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