Excellent survival rates of Cocoons

Over the course of the summer Volterra’s team has monitored the several plantings that were undertaken last Spring. In general good results were obtained. In the pictures some details of the Pla de Santa María plantation in possibly the worst possible conditions: an illegal waste dump that was covered in stones, rock and just very[…]

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[…]