|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Prof. Emeritus Amir Shaul|
In the past decades, there has been a growing increase in the demand for outdoor recreation activities taking place in vegetation landscapes. Vegetation landscapes influences these activities and the satisfaction derived from them. Thus, in management of existing and future vegetation landscapes for the purpose of outdoor recreation prudent planning is needed.
The aim of this study is to measure vacationer’s attitudes toward vegetation landscapes in the Mt. Carmel area. The central research questions investigate the relative importance vacationers assign to the vegetation landscape in recreation sites and the relationship between the vacationer’s attitudes and the attributes of the vegetation landscape.
Attitude questionnaires were distributed to vacationers participating in stationary recreation activities in 14 vegetation landscapes. The questionnaires examined vacationer's motivation in choosing the picnic site and their attitudes towards 11 attributes composing the vegetation landscapes.
In analyzing the vacationer's attitudes the following findings were established: vacationers identify the structural attributes of the vegetation landscape but not the design attributes. Structural attributes contribute to the satisfaction levels of the vacationers while the contribution of the design attribute is secondary. Thus, vacationers are interested in a combination of visual and physical enclosure that provides them with privacy, high shading levels, nuisance's obstruction and, in addition, a natural flora composition. These attributes should be emphasized when planning vegetation landscape for picnic sites.
Vegetation landscape is significant for the vacationers' derived satisfaction. Therefore enhancement of vegetation landscape design and management would improve proper land usage. The following design measures are recommended: Planting a randomly dense combination of trees of all heights with multiple trunks and wide treetops. Prioritizing multi layered lush vegetative land cover.