The Swedish national forest program emphasizes that the forest can be more multifunctional where the social values can be used for tourism and outdoor recreation, which can lead to rural development and sustainable growth. To develop the forests for this aim the private forest owners' driving forces to development are important in rural development. For example, the place attachment of the private forest owners affects how the forests are managed. Therefore, it is crucial to consider this when planning landscapes. The area for the survey is the national interest in outdoor recreation on Hallandsås. More trail systems and nature tourism can be developed to develop the area's values for outdoor recreation. The right of public access is the basis for the public to access nature, but there are challenges. The thesis aims to create knowledge about what potential there is for outdoor recreation to develop in the forests on Hallandsås. A questionnaire was sent out by post, which contained questions about social values, perspectives on the right of public access, development of outdoor life and place attachment. A place attachment scale intended to measure the private forest owners place attachment. The results showed that private forest owners considered health, well-being and a good living environment most important. There were several concerns due to the right of public access, but at the same time, 69% considered the right of public access to be quite significant and very important to the public. Correlation analysis also showed that the stronger the place attachment of the private forest owner, the less inclined they are to develop outdoor recreation.
- Landscape Science Programme
- Landscape Architecture (40108)