Journal article

What do they like about trees? Adding local voices to urban forest design and planning

Sara Barron, Stephen Sheppard, Robert Kozak, Katherine Dunster, Kanchi Dave, Doris Sun, John Rayner



Local preferences and priorities for trees and greenspaces are important considerations when planning and designing a community's urban forest. Local residents can provide insight into place-specific contexts such as local esthetic preferences, social systems, cultures, and attitudes to inform appropriate design responses. Residents also inform researchers of key local issues that may impact urban forest configurations, and may differ from expert opinions. This paper reports on a case study from a suburban community in Canada that used a combination of methods to reveal new, place-based information to inform more contextual design for a community's future urban forest. Results reveal that th..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

Thank you to Atiya Livingston and Eliza Kwun for conducting the survey. Thank you to the City of Surrey for your ongoing support. Funding: This work was supported by the Future Forests Fellowship, the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, and the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative.