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You have probably never seen them, but in between the oaks and hornbeams of the forests of the flatlands, lots of people take care of our forests. Tireless and efficient like ants in an ant nest. They are the people of the Lowland Forestry Association (AFP), the association that groups the best managers of lowland forests, coordinating the responsible forest management in conformity with the principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®).

Since early 2000, these men and women teamed up, collaborating and supporting each other so that lowland forests are properly valued: only when their importance will be fully understood they will receive the attention they deserve.

To do that, AFP promotes and broadcasts studies and research; develops projects that favour the use of the forests by local populations while respecting, at the same time, the forms of life that inhabit them and the functioning of the ecosystem; and strives to ensure that the resources needed for the protection and management of forests are put in place.

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Bosco Moranzani

Bosco Moranzani

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For the past few years, Berardo, an agronomist and farmer, has been taking care of a corner of these beautiful Berici Mountains: the Bosco delle Vigne. In this area, just a few bike rides away from the center of the city of Vicenza, there is room for vines and numerous other plant species, both arboreal - oak, manna ash, white and black hornbeam, dogwood, elm, cedar, chestnut, locust, yew mulberry and sycamore maple - as well as shrubs such as butcher's broom, rapini, wild thyme, wild asparagus, mint, bramble, bear garlic, chives, wild strawberries, spincervine, hawthorn and dogwood, as well as bees and a large number of other insects, birds and animals.

Bosco delle Vigne

For the past few years, Berardo, an agronomist and farmer, has been taking care of a corner of these beautiful Berici Mountains: the Bosco delle Vigne. In this area, just a few bike rides away from the center of the city of Vicenza, there is room for vines and numerous other plant species, both arboreal – oak, manna ash, white and black hornbeam, dogwood, elm, cedar, chestnut, locust, yew mulberry and sycamore maple – as well as shrubs such as butcher’s broom, rapini, wild thyme, wild asparagus, mint, bramble, bear garlic, chives, wild strawberries, spincervine, hawthorn and dogwood, as well as bees and a large number of other insects, birds and animals.

Owned by the Rugani-Bencini family, which bought it in 2020, the name derives from the fact that the forest is home to the five best-known and most typical oak species of the Sienese woods, traditionally used as a resource for the area's economy: the Turkey oak, the oak, the downy oak, the English oak and the holm oak.

Five Oaks Forest

Owned by the Rugani-Bencini family, which bought it in 2020, the name derives from the fact that the forest is home to the five best-known and most typical oak species of the Sienese woods, traditionally used as a resource for the area’s economy: the Turkey oak, the oak, the downy oak, the English oak and the holm oak.

The WWF Forest of Vanzago is located in the Province of Milan and its territory is included in the municipalities of Vanzago, Pogliano Milanese and Arluno. It covers 12 hectares and the environment is typical of lowland forests with pools of water of varying depths, a habitat rich in permanent meadows, hedges, rows of trees

WWF Forest of Vanzago

The WWF Forest of Vanzago is located in the Province of Milan and its territory is included in the municipalities of Vanzago, Pogliano Milanese and Arluno. It covers 12 hectares and the environment is typical of lowland forests with pools of water of varying depths, a habitat rich in permanent meadows, hedges, rows of trees

The Bosco di Mestre is one of the most important environmental projects with which the Municipality of Venice is enhancing the territory: with its 230 hectares, this real urban wood is part of the city context of the Municipality of Venice, a small green lung in the heart of the city. The project of the wood is oriented to the increase of the biodiversity, through the re establishment of the planial woods and the renaturalization of the water courses.

Bosco di Mestre

The Bosco di Mestre is one of the most important environmental projects with which the Municipality of Venice is enhancing the territory: with its 230 hectares, this real urban wood is part of the city context of the Municipality of Venice, a small green lung in the heart of the city. The project of the wood is oriented to the increase of the biodiversity, through the re establishment of the planial woods and the renaturalization of the water courses.

Many years ago this wood was uncultivated and abandoned, with a strong presence of locust trees and other invasive species. In recent years, the managers have decided to invest time and resources to clean it up, open an internal forest road and organize educational activities to let local communities, tourists and nature lovers know about the Villa delle Coste Forest.

Villa delle Coste Forest

Many years ago this wood was uncultivated and abandoned, with a strong presence of locust trees and other invasive species. In recent years, the managers have decided to invest time and resources to clean it up, open an internal forest road and organize educational activities to let local communities, tourists and nature lovers know about the Villa delle Coste Forest.

The woods of the Po River, in fact, in addition to representing a formidable reservoir of biodiversity, are of vital importance to mitigate the effects of pollution and combat the increasingly pressing climate crisis.

River Po forests

The woods of the Po River, in fact, in addition to representing a formidable reservoir of biodiversity, are of vital importance to mitigate the effects of pollution and combat the increasingly pressing climate crisis.

Entrusted to the care of the former owner of the land, who lives in the house next door, this small plot of about 1 hectare, is more like a garden, with properly pruned trees that do not exceed 3-4 m in height. The main benefits that this forest provides are related to the mitigation of visual and acoustic impacts of the highway that passes nearby, and the sequestration of atmospheric carbon.

Palazzetto forest

Entrusted to the care of the former owner of the land, who lives in the house next door, this small plot of about 1 hectare, is more like a garden, with properly pruned trees that do not exceed 3-4 m in height. The main benefits that this forest provides are related to the mitigation of visual and acoustic impacts of the highway that passes nearby, and the sequestration of atmospheric carbon.

This small wooded area is a small green lung in an area suitable for the cultivation of cereals in the open field, which offers numerous refuges to the microfauna of the place. The wood is characterized by the autochthonous species typical of the lowland woods and its development, during the years, has been left to the normal natural development, which made the central part richer in shrubs and brambles.

The forests of Mussetta di Sopra

This small wooded area is a small green lung in an area suitable for the cultivation of cereals in the open field, which offers numerous refuges to the microfauna of the place. The wood is characterized by the autochthonous species typical of the lowland woods and its development, during the years, has been left to the normal natural development, which made the central part richer in shrubs and brambles.

The objective of the project in the Bosco di Via Carrer is to increase the naturalistic and environmental functions of the area, with the aim of preserving and managing the habitats of rare and endangered species: the forest, in this context, plays a very important role as an ecological corridor for the movement of fauna.

Via Carrer Forest

The objective of the project in the Bosco di Via Carrer is to increase the naturalistic and environmental functions of the area, with the aim of preserving and managing the habitats of rare and endangered species: the forest, in this context, plays a very important role as an ecological corridor for the movement of fauna.

San Colombano Park covers an area of about 730 hectares in the municipality of Suzzara, in the floodplain overlooking the villages of Riva and Tabellano.

San Colombano Park

San Colombano Park covers an area of about 730 hectares in the municipality of Suzzara, in the floodplain overlooking the villages of Riva and Tabellano.

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Oglio Sud Park

The Oglio Sud Park extends along the riverbanks of the lower course of the Oglio from the inflow of the river Mella to the mouth of the Po, for a total of about 70 km. Here the conditions of naturalness are scarce and the alluvial strips are mostly occupied by poplar cultivations but also by sowings and nurseries.

Nordio Forest is a small natural jewel set in the Venetian lagoon, a thousand-year-old forest that allows us to see what the woods must have been like in ancient times.

Nordio Forest

Nordio Forest is a small natural jewel set in the Venetian lagoon, a thousand-year-old forest that allows us to see what the woods must have been like in ancient times.

Extensive pinewoods, lagoons, dunes and cultivated fields: it is the Vallevecchia Pine Forest, located between the two famous seaside resorts of Caorle and Bibione, in the province of Venice.

Vallevecchia pine forest

Extensive pinewoods, lagoons, dunes and cultivated fields: it is the Vallevecchia Pine Forest, located between the two famous seaside resorts of Caorle and Bibione, in the province of Venice.

The Donzella Forest was realized between 1999 and 2000 with community funding. The plant has an extension of about 80 hectares and constitutes one of the most extensive interventions of forestation implemented in the region.

Donzella Forest

The Donzella Forest was realized between 1999 and 2000 with community funding. The plant has an extension of about 80 hectares and constitutes one of the most extensive interventions of forestation implemented in the region.

The Park of Villa Rota Barbieri has assumed a great importance thanks to the

Villa Rota Barbieri Forest

The Park of Villa Rota Barbieri has assumed a great importance thanks to the “Villa Rota Barbieri Socio-Sanitary Day Care Center” which welcomes elderly and non-self-sufficient adults, especially of medium to severe grade, who need health, rehabilitation and support interventions that cannot be insured only at home

Villa Bedin Aldighieri Forest

Villa Bedin Aldighieri Forest

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The main objective of the project of the Quarelo Forest is to increase the environmental and territorial quality, promoting the planting of forests formed only by typical native species, reconstituting those areas that for centuries have characterized the Venetian plain.

Quarelo Forest

The main objective of the project of the Quarelo Forest is to increase the environmental and territorial quality, promoting the planting of forests formed only by typical native species, reconstituting those areas that for centuries have characterized the Venetian plain.

In an area surrounded by sheds, factories, industries and freeways, a new forest is being created: Fedrigoni Forest takes its name from one of the main producers of special papers and self-adhesive labels that, as evidence of its great environmental commitment, will finance the creation of the park next to its Ritrama plant, located on the border between Caponago and Pessano con Bornago, to give employees and citizens of the green area a better, greener and more liveable territory.

Fedrigoni Wood

In an area surrounded by sheds, factories, industries and freeways, a new forest is being created: Fedrigoni Forest takes its name from one of the main producers of special papers and self-adhesive labels that, as evidence of its great environmental commitment, will finance the creation of the park next to its Ritrama plant, located on the border between Caponago and Pessano con Bornago, to give employees and citizens of the green area a better, greener and more liveable territory.

The wood of Carpaneda is located west of the town of Vicenza, close to the artisan-directional area of Via Vecchia Ferriera, almost on the border with the town of Creazzo. The forest was built by the municipal administration in 2009 and covers an area of about 7 hectares and also serves as the expansion tank of the Dioma irrigation ditch.

Carpaneda Forest

The wood of Carpaneda is located west of the town of Vicenza, close to the artisan-directional area of Via Vecchia Ferriera, almost on the border with the town of Creazzo. The forest was built by the municipal administration in 2009 and covers an area of about 7 hectares and also serves as the expansion tank of the Dioma irrigation ditch.

Valletta del Silenzio Oasis

Valletta del Silenzio Oasis

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The park of Villa Guiccioli occupies the top of the hill Ambellicopoli and extends for about four hectares: to the north-east, the steepest part of the slopes is occupied by woodland, while in the summit area, almost flat, there is the historical park.

Villa Guiccioli Forest

The park of Villa Guiccioli occupies the top of the hill Ambellicopoli and extends for about four hectares: to the north-east, the steepest part of the slopes is occupied by woodland, while in the summit area, almost flat, there is the historical park.

Just in the north of the city of Vicenza, in what in the past was the

Maddalene Forest

Just in the north of the city of Vicenza, in what in the past was the “culture” of Santa Croce, one of the villages outside the walls that were part of the division that the Serenissima Republic had operated in the Vicenza area, you can find the Urban Wood of the Maddalene.

The Astichello Forest takes its name from the river of the same name in the province of Vicenza, the Astichello river, which flows mainly in the villages of Dueville and Cavazzale, a hamlet of Monticello Conte Otto, and flows into the Bacchiglione near the Pusterla bridge in the city of Vicenza.

Astichello Forest

The Astichello Forest takes its name from the river of the same name in the province of Vicenza, the Astichello river, which flows mainly in the villages of Dueville and Cavazzale, a hamlet of Monticello Conte Otto, and flows into the Bacchiglione near the Pusterla bridge in the city of Vicenza.

A villa that excites for the beauty of its rooms and the centuries-old charm. Splendidly decorated by the genius of Zelotti and Veronese with scenes inspired by the loves of the gods, Villa Roberti, with the large Barchessa, the unusual Tower and the green Woods, is kept in a sweet and precious landscape capable of giving unexpected corners of paradise.

Villa Roberti Forest

A villa that excites for the beauty of its rooms and the centuries-old charm. Splendidly decorated by the genius of Zelotti and Veronese with scenes inspired by the loves of the gods, Villa Roberti, with the large Barchessa, the unusual Tower and the green Woods, is kept in a sweet and precious landscape capable of giving unexpected corners of paradise.

Discover how you can make the city of Milan greener, livable and healthier for you and your loved ones with WOWnature.

Parco Nord Milano

Discover how you can make the city of Milan greener, livable and healthier for you and your loved ones with WOWnature.

The Oglio Sud Regional Park is a vast protected area that develops along the banks of the river Oglio, rich in nature, cycling and food and wine trails.

Oglio Sud Regional Park

The Oglio Sud Regional Park is a vast protected area that develops along the banks of the river Oglio, rich in nature, cycling and food and wine trails.

Bosco Viola, with its wild animals, is wonderful!

Viola Forest

Bosco Viola, with its wild animals, is wonderful!

Visit Triestina Forest, a young WOWnature forest in San Stino di Livenza.

Triestina Forest

Visit Triestina Forest, a young WOWnature forest in San Stino di Livenza.

Le Crete Forest today occupies an area the size of 10 football fields, with numerous cycling routes in the shade of oaks, elms and ash trees.

Le Crete Forest

Le Crete Forest today occupies an area the size of 10 football fields, with numerous cycling routes in the shade of oaks, elms and ash trees.

San Marco, a large forest in Cessalto.

San Marco Forest

San Marco, a large forest in Cessalto.

In the San Michele Vecchio Oasis you can do a wide variety of sports activities and visit small enchanted villages and varied nature.

San Michele Vecchio Oasis

In the San Michele Vecchio Oasis you can do a wide variety of sports activities and visit small enchanted villages and varied nature.

At Community Forests you can admire an expanse of black pine trees, where you can find refreshment on hot summer days.

Community forests

At Community Forests you can admire an expanse of black pine trees, where you can find refreshment on hot summer days.

The trees of the Via dei Fiori Forest will take care of the well-being of tourists, providing shade and fresh air for picnics on hot summer days and improving the landscape, making Eraclea Mare even more beautiful.

Via dei Fiori Forest

The trees of the Via dei Fiori Forest will take care of the well-being of tourists, providing shade and fresh air for picnics on hot summer days and improving the landscape, making Eraclea Mare even more beautiful.

Support the Belvedere Forest, compensate your impacts in this forest.

Baseleghe Forest

Support the Belvedere Forest, compensate your impacts in this forest.

Canoro Forest in Bibione, to walk in the pinewood lulled by the wind, just a step from the sea.

Canoro Forest

Canoro Forest in Bibione, to walk in the pinewood lulled by the wind, just a step from the sea.

The Santa Margherita Pine Forest, a few kilometers from Venice, offers the possibility to dive into the resinous scent of pine trees and watch birds migrating a few steps from the sea.

Santa Margherita Pine Forest

The Santa Margherita Pine Forest, a few kilometers from Venice, offers the possibility to dive into the resinous scent of pine trees and watch birds migrating a few steps from the sea.

Whether you are a cyclist, or a bather on the beaches of Bibione, or simply a nature lover, the Lino delle Fate Forest is for you.

Lino delle Fate Forest

Whether you are a cyclist, or a bather on the beaches of Bibione, or simply a nature lover, the Lino delle Fate Forest is for you.

Discover the varied nature of Trepalade Oasis Forest. Venture out on the paths and listen to the birdsong!

Trepalade Oasis Forest

Discover the varied nature of Trepalade Oasis Forest. Venture out on the paths and listen to the birdsong!

Are you passionate about cycling tourism and can't stand the smell of smog in the city anymore? Enjoy a nice day in the Pine Forest of Eraclea Mare

Pine Forest of Eraclea Mare

Are you passionate about cycling tourism and can’t stand the smell of smog in the city anymore? Enjoy a nice day in the Pine Forest of Eraclea Mare

Bosco Belvedere is almost 20 years old, you can venture among its oaks and silent hornbeams for a nice relaxing walk.

Belvedere Forest

Bosco Belvedere is almost 20 years old, you can venture among its oaks and silent hornbeams for a nice relaxing walk.

In San Donà di Piave enjoying the benefits of an existing 35-year-old forest, the Fellini Forest, and the growth of its young extension, the Fiorentina Forest.

Fiorentina Forest

In San Donà di Piave enjoying the benefits of an existing 35-year-old forest, the Fellini Forest, and the growth of its young extension, the Fiorentina Forest.

Compensate for your impacts by supporting the Sagittario Forest

Sagittario forest

Compensate for your impacts by supporting the Sagittario Forest

Bosco Fellini: to spend a different day, surrounded by nature, sport or relaxation, without straying too far from the city.

Fellini Forest

Bosco Fellini: to spend a different day, surrounded by nature, sport or relaxation, without straying too far from the city.

In a few years time the Molina Forest, planted in 2018, will become a real

Molina Forest

In a few years time the Molina Forest, planted in 2018, will become a real “green barrier” in defence of the citizens of Carmignano.

Bosco Olmè, the largest flatland forest among those that have survived to the present day. A millenary forest rich in history.

Olmè Forest

Bosco Olmè, the largest flatland forest among those that have survived to the present day. A millenary forest rich in history.

If you are an animal enthusiast, the Lame Forest is for you.

Lame Forest

If you are an animal enthusiast, the Lame Forest is for you.

The Bandiziol and Prasaccon Forests are the largest lowland woods in Eastern Veneto, planted between 1994 and 1997.

Bandiziol and Prassaccon Forests

The Bandiziol and Prasaccon Forests are the largest lowland woods in Eastern Veneto, planted between 1994 and 1997.

Bosco Limite: a corn-fed land transformed into a forest rich in biodiversity!

Bosco Limite

Bosco Limite: a corn-fed land transformed into a forest rich in biodiversity!

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