© 2011

Forests, Trees and Human Health

  • Kjell Nilsson
  • Marcus Sangster
  • Christos Gallis
  • Terry Hartig
  • Sjerp de Vries
  • Klaus Seeland
  • Jasper Schipperijn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Forest Products and Environmental Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Kjell Nilsson, Marcus Sangster, Cecil C. Konijnendijk
      Pages 1-19
    3. Giovanni Sanesi, Christos Gallis, Hans Dieter Kasperidus
      Pages 23-40
    4. Christos Gallis, Mariella Di Stefano, Paraskevi Moutsatsou, Tytti Sarjala, Vesa Virtanen, Bjarne Holmbom et al.
      Pages 41-76
    5. Marek Tomalak, Elio Rossi, Francesco Ferrini, Paola A. Moro
      Pages 77-124
  3. Physical and Mental Health and the Experience of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Terry Hartig, Agnes E. van den Berg, Caroline M. Hagerhall, Marek Tomalak, Nicole Bauer, Ralf Hansmann et al.
      Pages 127-168
    3. Ann Van Herzele, Simon Bell, Terry Hartig, Marie Therese Camilleri Podesta, Ronald van Zon
      Pages 169-182
    4. Simon Bell, Ronald van Zon, Ann Van Herzele, Terry Hartig
      Pages 183-202
  4. Promoting Physical Activity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Sjerp de Vries, Thomas Claßen, Stella-Maria Eigenheer-Hug, Kalevi Korpela, Jolanda Maas, Richard Mitchell et al.
      Pages 205-243
    3. Paolo Semenzato, Tuija Sievänen, Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira, Ana Luisa Soares, Renate Spaeth
      Pages 245-282
    4. Amalia Drakou, Rik De Vreese, Tove Lofthus, Jo Muscat
      Pages 283-306
  5. Therapeutical and Educational Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Ulrika K. Stigsdotter, Anna Maria Palsdottir, Ambra Burls, Alessandra Chermaz, Francesco Ferrini, Patrik Grahn
      Pages 309-342
    3. Liz O’Brien, Ambra Burls, Peter Bentsen, Inger Hilmo, Kari Holter, Dorothee Haberling et al.
      Pages 343-372
  6. Forest and Health Policies and Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. Ken Willis, Bob Crabtree
      Pages 375-402

About this book


The link between modern lifestyles and increasing levels of chronic heart disease, obesity, stress and poor mental health is a concern across the world. The cost of dealing with these conditions places a large burden on national public health budgets so that policymakers are increasingly looking at prevention as a cost-effective alternative to medical treatment. Attention is turning towards interactions between the environment and lifestyles. Exploring the relationships between health, natural environments in general, and forests in particular, this groundbreaking book is the outcome of the European Union’s COST Action E39 ‘Forests, Trees and Human Health and Wellbeing’, and draws together work carried out over four years by scientists from 25 countries working in the fields of forestry, health, environment and social sciences. While the focus is primarily on health priorities defined within Europe, this volume explicitly draws also on research from North America and elsewhere and will have relevance worldwide. A state-of-the-art analysis of the global research on the topic of forests and human health, a key contribution of the book is its synthesis of material across both disciplines and nations, providing a vital reference for researchers in forestry, health, natural resource management and environmental policy. Currently the only unified body of work on this topic, the book will also be an important tool for those working in both health and environment policy and practice.


Forests Horticultural therapy Human health Nature experience Urban forestry

Editors and affiliations

  • Kjell Nilsson
    • 1
  • Marcus Sangster
    • 2
  • Christos Gallis
    • 3
  • Terry Hartig
    • 4
  • Sjerp de Vries
    • 5
  • Klaus Seeland
    • 6
  • Jasper Schipperijn
    • 7
  1. 1.Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Parks and Urban LandscapesUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  2. 2., Land Use and Social ResearchForestry CommissionEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., National Agricultural Research FoundatioForest Research InstituteThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4., Institute for Housing and Urban ResearchUppsala UniversityGävleSweden
  5. 5., AlterraWageningen URWageningenNetherlands
  6. 6., Group Society, Environment & CultureSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (EZurichSwitzerland
  7. 7., National Institute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern DenmarkCopenhagen KDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forests, Trees and Human Health
  • Editors Kjell Nilsson
    Marcus Sangster
    Christos Gallis
    Terry Hartig
    Sjerp de Vries
    Klaus Seeland
    Jasper Schipperijn
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9805-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9005-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9806-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 427
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Forestry
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“This book—the product of a four-year European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) project—is a timely addition to the literature … . the book seems ideal for the practitioner or service-manager looking for a comprehensive overview of the key considerations for using forests and other ‘green spaces’ more systematically to enhance the health and quality of the life of individuals and communities.” (Mike Morgan, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol. 18 (10), October, 2011)