The Brenta river has always had a strong bond with the territory of Fontaniva: the waters of the river, in fact, play the fundamental role of ecological corridor, offering refuge to a variety of animal species thanks to the variety of environments and landscapes that characterize it such as the riverbanks, floodplain areas, riparian forests and wetlands. Those who frequent these areas love to spend their days splashing around in the cool waters of the Brenta, organizing barbecues with family and friends, walking or mountain biking, finding shelter and refreshment in the shade of the trees. But also the birth of Fontaniva is closely linked to the waters of the river: born as a fortification on the bank of the Brenta in 899, from that moment it had the function of garrison of the river in correspondence of the ferry that crossed it since the time of the via Postumia.
In Fontaniva a new forest is being born for residents, tourists, nature lovers and sportsmen: the Fontaniva Forest. The project of the new one foresees to plant only autochthonous species such as the field maple, the poplar, the oak, the linden, the elm, but also shrubs such as the frangula, the blackthorn, the dogwood, the ligustrello and many others that will form a real food forest: the aim is to reach the highest rate of biodiversity possible, a fundamental condition to have a healthy, beautiful but above all functional forest for the community and for the fauna.
The forest, near to the historic “Ceo Pajaro” and close to the Lake of Camazzole, will strengthen the existing pathways and the network of slow mobility, offering an important recreational service for those who use the Middle Brenta Cycle Route that connects Monaco to Venice and that will pass through the forest; it will also mitigate the effects of PM10 air pollution caused by traffic on the main road, absorbing CO2 and giving back to the citizens clean and healthier air.
The project involves the planting of about 8,400 forest seedlings – both trees and shrubs – on an area of about 7 hectares, the maintenance of the planting area for the next 5 years and the installation of information panels. Fontaniva Forest will be created thanks to the Municipality of Fontaniva, the partner companies, the Veneto Region and the Brenta River Park which, thanks to the LIFE Brenta 2030 project, facilitated the creation of the forest.
The first planting is scheduled for the fall of 2021.
PROJECT: LIFE Brenta 2030