Needs and fears: the response to trees and nature in the inner city

Talbot, J.F. & R. Kaplan, 1984, Needs and fears: the response to trees and nature in the inner city, in: Journal of Arboriculture, 10, 8

  • Author : Talbot, J.F. & R. Kaplan
  • Year : 1984
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Arboriculture
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 8
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 10
  • Pages : 222-228
  • Abstract in English : Interviews were conducted with Detroit residents living in primarily Black low- and moderate-income areas, in order to assess the preferences of inner city residents for different types of natural areas. The results demonstrated that urban Blacks perceived a very high value in their contacts with nature. Being outdoors is not only seen as being enjoyable. It is also perceived as a very important part of life to a large majority of this sample. These findings clearly illustrate the value of nature to a population with relatively little opportunity to enjoy it, and whose interest in nature has previously been viewed with some scepticism. Areas with large amounts of undergrowth and with dense groupings of trees, however, received low ratings from this sample.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: ethnicity, nature, preferences, safety, management, landscape design. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.