Mine restauration showing excellent results

Today, the Volterra team did another round of monitoring visits in Alcover (Tarragona area). We also checked the mine restoration project. Mines are very challenging to restore as there is almost no top soil and just rocks and stones. In this FTI trial with the new Cocoons we managed approx. 85% survival rate and this[…]

New monitoring visit FTI trial areas

The last few days we visited the different South Catalonia trial sites for the FTI project. Among the visits we saw a previous experiment of April 2015 where we planted almonds with Cocoons. We saw fantastic growth of these almonds. No irrigation nor fertiliser has been given and especially 2017 summer has been brutal here[…]

Mine restoration with Cocoons completed

Over the last few days several hundred Cocoons were planted at the Cantera de Lucas mine (close to Alcover in the southern part of Catalonia). This has arguably been the most challenging trial planting to date due to the very bad terrain, with rocky, sandy and very limited soil structure. The owners of the mine and[…]

Location spotting for urban applications Cocoon

  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[…]

New Cocoons planted in highway restoration trial

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[…]

First planting of new Cocoons for FTI Cocoon

This week we kicked off our first FTI planting at the famous Alvaro Palacios winery in Gratallops, Catalonia. Here we did a first exercise of about 100 Cocoons for interplanting (replacing dead vines). These wineries spend a lot of time and resources on watering the new plants and are very curious as to whether the[…]