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In an area surrounded by sheds, factories, industries and freeways, a new forest is being created: Fedrigoni Wood 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 new Fedrigoni Wood will be created in an area that is part of the Northeast Agricultural Park, an area involved in a wide-ranging project that aims to preserve the territory and enhance its naturalistic qualities: it is one of the most urbanized peri-urban areas in Europe with an important ecological and agricultural value. It is precisely for this reason that the forest of 15,000 square meters will be populated with 1,530 native plants, typical of the Po Valley and lowland forests: oaks, ash trees, field maples, holm oaks, yews, elms. To increase and promote the biodiversity of the forest will also be planted many shrubs, such as cornelian, which will produce flowers and fruits.
In the next 20 years, Fedrigoni Wood will be able to absorb at least 100 tons of CO2 – equivalent to the annual emissions of 50 cars – acting as a barrier and natural filter against the nearby freeway, providing citizens with clean air from pollutants such as PM10 and PM2.5, but also to sportsmen, especially cyclists, who frequent the cycle route between the two municipalities that will host the forest.