The Volterra team is currently supporting a large Spanish construction company in its efforts to stabilise some slopes of the new Lérida-Jaca highway with Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis). These type of restoration activities are expensive due to the high mortality rate of the young saplings and high maintenance costs (manual rounds of irrigation are required). If the Cocoon would succeed here a huge market opportunity would open up, this company alone has planted 134.000 saplings this year in different highway restoration projects.
The team had to dig the holes manually and filling the Cocoons with water proved an especially logistical challenge. We will monitor our plantations regularly to update our survival rates, growth rates, damage from animals, etc. In one of the pictures a previously planted pine tree without using a Cocoon can be seen, heavily affected already by drought and rabbit attacks.