SocialForest and Urban Forestry

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SocialForest has already been active in the field of Urban Forestry for quite some time now. In this blog, we would like to give you some insights into the topic and present the projects that we have already carried out in this context to you.


What is Urban Forestry?

The technical term “Urban Forestry” describes a very wide field of action. It means more than simply forestry in the city which you might think when reading the term. Urban Forestry also includes the development and maintenance of green spaces and infrastructures in cities containing wooden plants. These might include private and public parks, gardens, cemeteries playgrounds and sports complexes.

Urban Forestry is part of the field “Urban Green,” together with Urban Gardening and Urban Farming. However, you have to distinguish between Urban Forestry and Tree Care. The latter is part of Urban Forestry dealing with single trees, but this does not capture Urban Forestry’s vision of urban green as a whole.

The tasks of Urban Forestry consist of work conducted in the gardening, forestry, ecology, landscape architecture, city planning, tree care and sociology sectors. Urban Forestry unites all these areas to achieve its objectives.


Finca Can Ferrer en el Distrito de Sarrià-Sant Gervasi de Barcelona - Antes

Finca Can Ferrer en el Distrito de Sarrià-Sant Gervasi de Barcelona – Antes

 Urban Forestry´s Objectives and Intention

The main objective of Urban Forestry is the development and maintenance of green spaces in the cities and city territories. This includes, among other things, forests, open spaces, parks, gardens and grass verges. It is very important to preserve and maintain the urban trees whilst respecting ecological and road safety aspects at the same time. We want to make cities greener, create retreats for stressed city inhabitants and contribute to the global fight against climate change. The idea is to make people spend more time in nature, as this has a considerable impact on their health and quality of life.

We carry out Urban Forestry projects to try and compensate for the growing pollution and air contamination as a result of increasing numbers of people living in cities. The green spaces contribute to energy savings as they moderate our climate and store carbon dioxide in the leaves of the trees.

Moreover, Urban Forestry offers a very wide field of action that makes integration projects and social inclusion possible. Through Urban Forestry´s social projects we can strengthen the local economy and improve the employment situation of a city or region, which fits exactly with SocialForest’s ideology.  We are therefore able to train young, jobless people without any prospects and reintegrate them into the labour market as well as society. Youngster and society as a whole will benefit from this approach in the end. Furthermore, we would like to grow the awareness of the importance of nature for the health and wellbeing of human beings.


Urban Forestry in Barcelona

Barcelona is trying hard to become a greener city. This year the city council decided on plans to spend 9.6 million euros per year for a period of 20 years on the development and maintenance of green spaces and woodland areas in the city.  These include Park de Collserola, Montjuïc, Tres Turons, trees on the streets, in parks and in private and public gardens. Barcelona understands the importance of trees for the climate society and our health. That is why the city has already held many important conferences in this field. In 2017, the conference “Urban Forest Boundaries. Within, between and beyond city” for the The European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) will take place in Barcelona. The event is open to researchers and professionals from Europe who are interested in reflecting on the urban forest fringe areas as spaces of opportunities that can be connected with and contribute to the territory. SocialForest will also take part in this conference at the end of May.


Finca Can Ferrer en el Distrito de Sarrià-Sant Gervasi de Barcelona - Después

Finca Can Ferrer en el Distrito de Sarrià-Sant Gervasi de Barcelona – Después

SocialForest and Urban Forestry

SocialForest has already carried out some Urban Forestry projects. On the following map you can see what kind of projects we have conducted and in which places.

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