A former intensively used agricultural area that will become a small green lung a few kilometres from Venice, close to the lagoon.
In the municipality of Mira (VE), right at the end of the Brenta Cycleway, bordered by the river, a new green spot is about to explode: Moranzani forest. What was once an intensive agricultural area, growing corn and soybeans, is set to be the lung of the Venetian lagoon. The forest will attract tourists who increasingly like to visit parks and gardens. In addition, those interested in artistic and cultural heritage will also be able to relax in the forest, between visits to the neighboring villas: Villa Wildmann, Villa Valmarana and Villa Malcontenta.
This is a multifunctional forest, which is part of the project “Dal centuriato romano alla Riviera del Brenta: riforestazione, riqualificazione e fruibilità”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition. The Ministry recognizes the value of urban greenery, so much so that it has activated an entire program for urban reforestation within Italian Metropolitan Cities.
Moranzani forest is not only a bunch of trees, but thanks to the Emma Onlus Foundation, the forest owner, the area will be accessible to people with disabilities, who are blind or visually impaired. We are proud to declare it the first accessible forest! Fondazione Emma Onlus, a key partner in this project, proposes and implements inclusive social activity projects to promote better access to the city of Venice and the lagoon through recreational and social activities, in a natural habitat designed to host them.
5,300 trees will be planted, but that’s not all. The project includes the creation of wetlands and trails with social, educational and research purposes. It includes bike and walking paths, rest areas, signs and information boards for tourists, residents and nature lovers. Reforestation also improves the landscape: standing right next to the industrial and manufacturing area of Fusina, it will act as a pollution barrier.