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Fänge, Elin, 2021. When lawns become forests : how natural/forest-like vegetation can better human health and well-being in urban areas. First cycle, G2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. Of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management



For a long time, lawns have dominated urban areas but are they good for human health and well-being? This
study investigates how natural/forest-like vegetation affects human health and well-being and discusses why
static lawns still dominate areas today even though there is much research on the positive benefits of
natural/forest-like vegetation. The study has three main methods; 1 - A literature study that looks into what
Swedish state-owned organizations, global organization, and research studies write on the subject of human
health and well-being connected to human visits in natural/forest-like vegetation. 2 - A observational study
conducted in a town of Viken, Scania, Sweden looking what inhabitants do in a forest compared to a lawn.
Also, a bird recording was done to count how many birds sing in the areas of the forest and lawn. 3 - An
ArcGIS, Service Area analysis was done to calculate how many inhabitants today have access to the forest and
lawn areas in the district of Svanebäck, Viken. The results present a compelling argument for why decisionmakers
need to start looking into changing existing lawn areas to natural/forest-like vegetation. This study also
presents the consequences of not having daily access to natural/forest-like vegetation.

Main title:When lawns become forests
Subtitle:how natural/forest-like vegetation can better human health and well-being in urban areas
Authors:Fänge, Elin
Supervisor:Larsson, Anders
Examiner:Mellqvist, Helena
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:LY002 Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. Of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Keywords:biodiversity, monoculture, phycological, physical, well-being, natural forests, lawn, forest, grass, dynamic vegetation, human health, human wellbeing, green spaces
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Land economics and policies
Nature conservation and land resources
Landscape architecture
Deposited On:07 Sep 2021 08:03
Metadata Last Modified:08 Sep 2021 01:04

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