Unintentional Vandalism: Unskilled tree pruning practices in tree management


  • 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, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Lina Karlinasari Department of Forest Products, Faculty of Forestry and Environment, IPB University, Indonesia




Tree management; tree pruning; tree vandalism; urban tree


Urban trees are exposed to "unintentional vandalism" during poorly skilled pruning practices that can lead to tree structure damage. This causes harmful consequences that affect tree performance in terms of the ecosystem services they contribute. This study aims to explore the relationship between unintentional tree vandalism and poorly skilled pruning practices in tree maintenance by analysing qualitative and quantitative data from tree workers contracted by selected Malaysian local authorities and tree care experts. The 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: 2398-4287© 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 BYNC-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/ebpj.v6i16.2633



How to Cite

Hamzah, H., Othman, N., Badrulhisham, N., & Karlinasari, L. (2021). Unintentional Vandalism: Unskilled tree pruning practices in tree management. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 6(16), 181-188. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i16.2633

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>