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New trees in Italy: local community and schools participate in the regeneration of Villa Annoni

In a bustling display of community unity and environmental action, the elementary school "Rita Levi Montalcini" in Cuggiono, Italy, recently lead a tree planting initiative. Alongside them, students from the Istituto Enaip and dedicated individuals from various sectors joined forces to breathe life into the local park's natural forest.

Excitement buzzed through the air as 51 energetic children from the elementary school, accompanied by 5 committed teachers, eagerly rolled up their sleeves to take part in the event. Their youthful enthusiasm was contagious as they plunged their hands into the soil, planting trees with a sense of purpose and connection to the earth. With each sapling carefully nestled into the ground.

Guided also by older students from the Istituto Enaip, the children embarked on a quest to find the perfect spots for each tree and shrub. Colourful ribbons marked the designated planting areas, adding a playful element to the activity and encouraging the children to explore and engage with their surroundings.

The choice of native species was deliberate, aimed at re-establishing the park's natural equilibrium and strengthening its resilience against future challenges. By reintroducing native trees and shrubs, the initiative aimed to create a robust ecosystem capable of withstanding environmental pressures and supporting local biodiversity.

The event was made possible through the collaborative efforts of key community figures, including Mayor Giovanni Cucchetti, Chief Agronomist of the park and event coordinator Giusi Rabotti, President of the Ticino Park Lombardia Cristina Chiappa, and Corporate PR & Sustainability representative from Lavera, Sabine Kästner. Their dedicated support ensured the success of the initiative, underscoring the importance of collective action in addressing environmental challenges.

As the day drew to a close, participants gathered for a shared lunch at the municipality, reflecting on their accomplishments and forging new bonds. In the end, the tree planting event was not just about planting trees; it was about fostering community spirit, empowering youth, and instilling a sense of environmental stewardship.