Fifty new trees have already been planted but within a few months there will be almost 3 thousand plants that the Monza Eni Circuit will plant at its own expense in the Monza Park. The Autodromo has started in the last few days the planting of the first fifty examples of hornbeams (i.e. large adult plants) five meters high, to reconstruct a row along an avenue between the second curve of Lesmo and the Serraglio. The lot of hornbeams is composed of 554 plants in total and will be entirely planted by the beginning of the spring season.
This is the planting intervention, to compensate for the cutting of a few hundred trees placed in the green areas inside the portion of the Park of Monza belonging to the Temple of Speed, in a ratio of one tree planted against one cut or crashed. The removal of the plants, which has taken place in recent years, has improved the safety of the areas of the circuit where risk situations have been detected. In fact, the interventions have involved both trees in worrying vegetative conditions within areas affected by the transit and parking of people and vehicles and trees crashed by the wind during the violent storms that have characterized the last summer seasons.
The cutting works concerning risk situations have been previously authorised by the competent Authorities: Parco Regionale della Valle del Lambro, Consorzio Villa Reale e Parco di Monza, Soprintendenza Belle Arti e paesaggio di Milano and for the provinces of Como, Lecco, Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Sondrio and Varese.
As part of the maintenance and development of the park’s green spaces by the Monza Eni Circuit, in addition to the trees in the first lot, another 2,400 plants will be planted by spring. The operation fulfils the requirements of the previous agreement for the concession of the Monza Circuit area for the years 2016 to 2019, which includes the placement of 600 forest plants per year.
The forest seedlings will be of certified origin belonging to the Park’s floricultural heritage and with seed from the Lombardy regional genetic heritage, suitable for planting in the wooded or reforested portions of the park because they are able to develop appropriately to the context and specific stationary conditions. The 554 plants to replace the cuts will be mostly adult specimens between 3 and 6 metres in height. In fact, it has been chosen the use of specimens with ready effect, where the plants will be planted along avenues, to reconstitute the pre-existing rows, or isolated; in wooded areas it will be preferred the choice of forest seedlings combined with the necessary multi-year cultivation care.
In compliance with the prescriptions of the Parco Regionale della Valle del Lambro, the tree plants planted will belong to species considered ecologically consistent with the station: oak (Quercus robur), hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), oak (Quercus petraea), field maple (Acer campestre), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), cherry (Prunus avium), elm (Ulmus minor).
At the same time as these operations, the Autodromo di Monza is preparing an overall project for the cultivation of its forest heritage which will be presented next month at a regional call for forestry measures to support the redevelopment of lowland forests.