The course of ornamental arboriculture and urban forestry focuses on two specific issues: it studies the tree in the urban environment and urban green areas when they are managed,designed and maintained. The main objectives of the course are a depth knowledge of the ornamental tree planted in urban and peri-urban environments, intrinsic and extrinsic problems of planting sites as well as the study of functions, types, problems, use and maintenance of urban green spaces. A further objective is the study of the main ornamental species of trees and shrubs used.
Expected learning outcomes
The course is aimed to provide all the tools necessaryfor the deep analysis of an urban green space, in order to lay out the correct criteria ofrecovering and management of the urban greenspaces. The student will be able to choose the correct plant species to use in every ornamental urban and peri-urban reality. He will be deeply acknowledged about tree biology and physiology, problems of the planting site, the evaluation and assessment of tree stability.
I part - GREEN INFRASTRUCTURES AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES Roles and functions of urban green areas Types of green areas and green infrastructures
II part - PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE OF URBAN GREEN AREAS Planning urban green areas Governance tools and methods for urban green areas
III part - TREES AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT Stress factors at urban sites Site management and amelioration for urban plantings
IV parte - SPECIES SELECTION AND PLANTING Species selection for urban plantings Selection of high-quality nursery material Planting in urban sites
V part - MANAGEMENT Pruning Irrigation and fertilization Risk assessment Management of veteran trees
VI part - SISTEMATICS Tree species Shrub species
Prerequisites for admission
Understanding of morphology and physiology of woody species
36 hours of lectures 24 hours of field activities
slides of the lectures. Textbook: Ferrini, F., Konijnendijk C., Fini, A. 2017. Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. Routledge, London, 547 pp., ISBN: 978-1-138-64728-2 Books of Roger Phillips may help in species identification
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral exam consist in the identification of 4 woody species and in 3 open questions about the topics studied during the lectures