Pruning Urban Trees without Skill: An act of “unintentional vandalism”

Authors

  • Helmi Hamzah Centre of Studies for Landscape Architecture, Department of Built Environment Studies and Technology, Universiti Teknologi MARA Perak Branch, Seri Iskandar Campus, Malaysia
  • Noriah Othman Centre of Studies for Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor Branch, Puncak Alam Campus, Malaysia
  • Norainiratna Badrulhisham Institute of Graduate Studies, University Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Lina Karlinasari Department of Forest Products, Faculty of Forestry and Environment, IPB University, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ajebs.v6i20.397

Keywords:

Tree management; unskilled tree pruning; unintentional tree vandalism; urban tree

Abstract

Tree pruning provides various benefit but also a source of multiple types of tree damage due to unskilled pruning practices. Cohen's vandalism typology state that persons who have similar characteristics to those present in poorly skilled work (i.e., unintentional act; maintenance equipment damaging a tree structure) perform "vandalism". This study aims to explore the relationship between unintentional vandalism and unskilled pruning practices in tree maintenance by analysing qualitative and quantitative data from the tree workers contracted by selected Malaysian local authorities and tree care experts. Results showed that insufficient tree pruning knowledge leads to unintentional vandalism in tree pruning practices.

Keywords: Tree management; unskilled tree pruning; unintentional tree vandalism; urban tree

eISSN 2514-751X  ©2021. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians, Africans, Arabians), and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ajebs.v6i20.397

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Hamzah , H. ., Othman , N. ., Badrulhisham, N. ., & Karlinasari, L. . (2021). Pruning Urban Trees without Skill: An act of “unintentional vandalism”. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 6(20), 49-64. https://doi.org/10.21834/ajebs.v6i20.397

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