© 2005

Urban Forests and Trees

A Reference Book

  • Cecil Konijnendijk
  • Kjell Nilsson
  • Thomas Randrup
  • Jasper Schipperijn
  • First book on all aspects of planning, designing, establishing and managing trees and forests in and near urban areas


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Pages 1-5
  3. Form, Function and Benefits of Urban Forests and Trees

    1. Thomas B. Randrup, Cecil Konijnendijk, Michèle Kaennel Dobbertin, Renate Prüller
      Pages 9-21
    2. Mary Forrest, Cecil Konijnendijk
      Pages 23-48
    3. Stephan Pauleit, Nerys Jones, Signe Nyhuus, Janez Pirnat, Fabio Salbitano
      Pages 49-80
    4. Liisa Tyrväinen, Stephan Pauleit, Klaus Seeland, Sjerp de Vries
      Pages 81-114
  4. Planning and Design of Urban Forests and Trees

    1. Andreas Ottitsch, Max Krott
      Pages 117-148
    2. Simon Bell, Dominique Blom, Maija Rautamäki, Cristina Castel-Branco, Alan Simson, Ib Asger Olsen
      Pages 149-186
    3. Nerys Jones, Kevin Collins, John Vaughan, Thorarinn Benedikz, John Brosnan
      Pages 187-205
    4. Ann Van Herzele, Kevin Collins, Liisa Tyrväinen
      Pages 207-228
  5. Plant Selection and Establishment of Urban Forests and Trees

    1. Thorarinn Benedikz, Francesco Ferrini, Jose Luis Garcia-Valdecantos, María-Luisa Tello
      Pages 231-256
    2. Arne Sæbø, Želimir Borzan, Catherine Ducatillion, Athanassios Hatzistathis, Thomas Lagerström, Jan Supuka et al.
      Pages 257-280
    3. Monika Sieghardt, Erich Mursch-Radlgruber, Elena Paoletti, Els Couenberg, Alexandros Dimitrakopoulus, Francisco Rego et al.
      Pages 281-323
    4. María-Luisa Tello, Marek Tomalak, Ryszard Siwecki, Ján Gáper, Emma Motta, Eloy Mateo-Sagasta
      Pages 325-365
  6. Management of Urban Forests and Trees

    1. Roland Gustavsson, Martin Hermy, Cecil Konijnendijk, Anne Steidle-Schwahn
      Pages 369-397
    2. Jasper Schipperijn, Werner Pillmann, Liisa Tyrväinen, Kirsi Mäkinen, Rory O’Sullivan
      Pages 399-417
    3. Dirk Dujesiefken, Christophe Drenou, Primoz Oven, Horst Stobbe
      Pages 419-441
  7. Future Perspectives

    1. Kjell Nilsson, Cecil Konijnendijk, Thomas B. Randrup
      Pages 445-463
    2. Cecil Konijnendijk, Thomas B. Randrup
      Pages 465-478

About this book


This publication is the result of more than six years of hard work by a dedicated group of European urban forest and tree experts. The editors are indebted to the national experts of COST Action E12 ‘Urban Forests and Trees’ and to the others who have contributed to the various chapters in this publication. Ultimately, 59 authors from 21 European countries feature in this book. The European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) and in particular its Secretariat deserve our gratitude for their support in establishing an active European community of urban forestry experts. In our work to prepare this publication, we have been assisted by Karen Sejr, who provided crucial editorial support. We are also grateful to Jette Abel, Birgit Brynjolf, Jette Alsing Larsen, and other colleagues at the Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, KVL. Without their contributions, the work could never have been completed. Words of gratitude also go to the publisher, Springer, who have supported the idea to publish a first European reference book on urban forests and urban trees from the very start, and who showed patience during the long production process.


Arboriculture Landscape Planning Population Urban Ecology biogeography ecology environment forest forest policy landscape ecology urban planning vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Cecil Konijnendijk
    • 1
  • Kjell Nilsson
    • 2
  • Thomas Randrup
    • 2
  • Jasper Schipperijn
    • 2
  1. 1.woodSCAPE consultDragoerDenmark
  2. 2.Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, KVLFrederiksbergDenmark

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From the reviews:

"To the best of my knowledge this is the first European reference book to treat urban forestry as serious field of knowledge in its own right. … This impressive work is a tribute to the hard work of a dedicated group of European urban forestry specialists … . the overall benefit that reading and referencing this book will bring to the urban forest professional. If that is what you are or aspire to be, I urge you to acquire a copy." (Glenn Gorner, Arboricultural Journal, Vol. 29 (4), 2006)