There’s a chestnut tree (or rather, 48), that holds out its hand: it wants to be adopted, cured, it wants to meet you and talk with you…It lives in the “educational chestnut wood” in Granaglione, City of Alto Reno Terme, province of Bologna, and it is part of the project “TreeTalker”.
Owned by Carisbo Foundation and managed, even scientifically, by National Agricultural Academy, the Granglione’s chestnut wood is the protagonist of this project – the budget is 200 thousand euros for two years – in which the Open fields Company, the University of Bologna, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, the Valreno forestry cooperative, the training company Centoform and the City of Alto Reno Terme also participate.
How does “TreeTalker” (talking chestnuts) work? The project focuses on an innovative technological instrument, basically a grey small box full of sensors and probes, installed on the trunk at eye level, that every day provides real-time data on the growth of the tree, the water taken, the Co2 absorption and the colour of the leaves.
In this way, it is possible to understand, also through an app and online, which is the health status of the tree, the effects of climate change and, at the same time, the environmental conditions of the area.