Livsfara eller livräddare : en jämförande studie av träd på två förskolor i Lunds kommun

University essay from SLU/Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)

Abstract: Trees are something that most of us humans have some form of connection to, both positive and negative. Research shows that an early connection to trees can benefit children’s development both in a cognitive way and develop motor skills. Trees also offer other services that humans can benefit from, especially in cities and in rural areas. With the use of tree inventory and semi-structured interviews the authors made an investigation about any risks and ecosystem services in an educational environment. With the help of this study, a deeper insight is shown in two specific cases. These two case studies present an interesting result regarding high values and low risks at two preschools in the municipality of Lund. This study discusses differences and similarities between two different preschools. The interview results convey that the educators value their preschool’s trees very highly and they see great advantages with a tree-enriched outdoor environment. The results from the tree inventories showed that no risk trees were identified. The interview results showed that there was no perceived risk among the teachers at both preschools regarding trees. The results form i-Tree-Eco showed that one of the preschools generated higher values than the other. With the help of the Swedish Transport Administration, the economic benefits of ecosystem services could be calculated in Swedish kronor. The annual economic gain was at preschool Djingis Khan SEK 2,832,63 and at the preschool Ormen Långe SEK 482,37.

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