Potential tree species for use in urban areas in temperate and oceanic climates

Scholz, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8919-3838, Uzomah, V C ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3971-4206 and Al-Faraj, FAM 2016, 'Potential tree species for use in urban areas in temperate and oceanic climates' , Heliyon, 2 (9) , e00154.

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This study aims to assess the potential of trees for integration in urban development and regeneration by evaluating the damage caused by tree roots in relation to various tree characteristics. Tree damage to permeable pavement systems and other urban structures such as impermeable pavements, kerbs, roads, retaining walls, footpaths, walls and buildings were assessed to identify the most suitable trees for the urban environment. One hundred square sites of 100 m × 100 m were randomly selected in Greater Manchester for this representative example case study to demonstrate the assessment methodology. Results show that 44% of the damage was to impermeable pavements and 22% to permeable pavements. Other damage to structures included kerbs (19%), retaining walls (5%), footpaths (4%), roads (3%) and walls (3%). Concerning the severity of damage, 66% were moderate, 21% light and 19% severe. Among tree species in this study, Acer platanoides L. (Norway maple) occurred most frequently (17%); others were Tilia spp. L. (Lime; 16%), Fraxinus excelsior L. (common ash; 12%), Acer pseudoplatanus L. (sycamore; 10%) and Prunus avium L. (wild cherry; 8%). Aesculus hippocastanum L. (horse chestnut) caused the greatest damage (59%) expressed in percentage as a ratio of the tree number related to damage over the corresponding tree number that was found close to structures.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Heliyon
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2405-8440
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Depositing User: Dr Vincent Uzomah
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 22:11
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42837

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