An urban forest is taking form in Parma, it is a project of over 350 donors between private citizens and companies, who are funding it with the subscription to the fundraising campaign launched last December on GoFundMe by The Forest Consortium KilometroVerdeParma.
The area affected by reforestation, launched on 1 March, is located in the residential district Parma Mia. The choice of this area for the planting was born by the agreement reached by the Consortium with the municipality of Parma and the local inhabitants.
Thanks to the 25.000 euros collected, the Consortium is planting 1.000 trees on an area of 1,6 hectares, with one sixth of indicative plant of 4x4 metres, that will allow trees to grow also in width preventing future thinnings. In addition to the plantation, the amount collected thanks to the kindness of citizens and companies will guarantee the maintenance of plants and woods for three years, the time frame deemed necessary for an excellent development of the plants.
Most of the plants that will be planted comes from Imola and Forlì’ nurseries managed by the Emilia Romagna Region, with which the Forest Consortium has a supply agreement: these are mostly oak trees, hornbeam, cherry trees, maple trees, ash trees, service trees, lindens, hackberry, all native species that are well-suited to the climate of Parma. To increase biodiversity inside the forest will be planted ornamental species, as gingko, liquidambar, ornamental apple trees, tulip trees provided from a Pistoian company european leader in floriculture.
In the urban forest Parma Mia citizens will find also examples of resinous like yew, cypresses and cedar trees, evergreen trees, selected for aesthetic properties and for their absorption capacity of pollutants and storage capacity of CO2. Assuming a forest age equal to fifty years (after this threshold Co2 sequestration starts to decrease) and considering that trees planted will be 1.000, belonging to different species, it can be estimated that every tree will sequester on average 20 pounds a year of CO2: the urban forest Parma Mia, in fifty years, will then sequestrate the equivalent of 1.000 tonnes of CO2.“The project of urban forest in the Parma Mia’ disctrict is fully representative of the spirit that animates KilometroVerdeParma: there are 350 donors, between private citizens and companies, who wanted to support fundraising launched last December on GoFundMe – this is the the comment of Maria Paola Chiesi, President of Forest Consortium KilometroVerdeParma. These small individual gestures, together, may contribute to the achievement of important goal: our choice, done in the present, will bear fruits in the next future and will not go unnoticed to the coming generations. The 1.000 trees that we’re going to plant in Parma Mia will be witness ‘in the field’ of the goodness of our actions and of our project, that will benefit whole city making it more sustainable and more livable. The hope is that this urban forest can act as an incentive to redesign urban spaces in a green key, becoming a model for other interventions in Parma, in the territory of our province and also in other cities”.