Linking the Environmental, Social and Economic Aspects of Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure

  • Nerys JonesEmail author
  • Clive Davies
Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 7)


Green infrastructure planning has become a pre-eminent vehicle for discussion and delivery of strategic green space management, especially in urban areas. However, “green infrastructure” is a contested term, with definitions varying among different stakeholders, countries and continents. Nevertheless, there are a number of common themes – including connectivity , multifunctionality and the delivery and continuing maintenance of ecosystem services . The “urban forest” – meaning all the trees within and around urban areas, whether individually, in groups or in woodlands – forms a key part of this green infrastructure in cities. This chapter explores the relationship between the urban forest and green infrastructure, and analyses some of the links between the environmental, social and economic benefits that they generate.

The Complexity of the Urban Forest

The typology of green infrastructure is varied, but it generally consists of significantly more than the tree and...


Green Space Urban Forest Urban Renewal Green Roof Green Infrastructure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Strategic Greenspace ConsultantWolverhamptonUK
  2. 2.MD2 Consulting LtdDurhamUK
  3. 3.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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