Today, the Volterra team finished planting at the slopes of the new Lérida-Jaca highway and continued with an inspection of one of the other areas to be planted in El Pla de Santa María (Tarragona province). After several (previous) meetings with mayor Mateu Montserrat i Miquel, Volterra decided to restore an area next to the industrial park where many international companies are located. The areas in the picture are made of building rubble, have very little soil cover and are extremently difficly to reforest.
Currently, only weeds grow there and for the Cocoon to succeed here will be a real success for the project. The chosen species are Holm oak (Quercus ilex), Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) and Mediterranean buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus) given their resistance to arid conditions. Also we’ll do an experiment with English ivy or hedra (Hedera helix) twined into fences to provide proof of concept for roadside restoration and capture of particulate matter (PM) coming from car pollution.