The Forest and the City

The Cultural Landscape of Urban Woodland

  • Cecil C. Konijnendijk

Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  17. Back Matter
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About this book


Amsterdamse Bos, Bois de Boulogne, Epping Forest, Grunewald, Zoniënwoud; throughout history, cities in Europe and elsewhere have developed close relationships with nearby woodland areas. In some cases, cities have even developed – and in some cases are promoting – a distinct ‘forest identity’. This book introduces the rich heritage of these city forests as cultural landscapes, and shows that cities and forests can be mutually beneficial.

Essential reading for students and researchers interested in urban sustainability and urban forestry, this book also has much wider appeal. For with city forests playing an increasingly important role in local government sustainability programs, it provides an important reference for those involved in urban planning and decision making, public affairs and administration, and even public health.

From providers of livelihoods to healthy recreational environments, and from places of inspiration and learning to a source of conflict, the book presents examples of city forests from around the world. These cases clearly illustrate how the social and cultural development of towns and forests has often gone hand in hand. They also reveal how better understanding of city forests as distinct cultural and social phenomena can help to strengthen synergies both between cities and forests, and between urban society and nature.


City forest Cultural landscapes City-forest relationships Environmental history Forestry Urban forestry urban development

Authors and affiliations

  • Cecil C. Konijnendijk
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  1. 1.Department of Forest Resources ManagementUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-75075-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-75076-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1876-0899
  • Series Online ISSN 1876-0880
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