© photo Liliana Medici
DISCOVERING CHESTNUT CULTURE THROUGH PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
Over the centuries perhaps more than any other species in our Apennines chestnut has enjoyed particular attention by mankind. It has resulted in an intimate relationship of mutual dependence that has conditioned the civilization of the mountains over the centuries, shaping their habits and culture and causing substantial changes in the mountain landscape. Chestnut culture is therefore an important element of our history.
Despite the current conditions of widespread abandonment, chestnut can still be an important resource for the mountain, both for its eminently sustainable productive functions and for the aesthetic-recreational value it derives both from mother nature and from its role in the Apennine culture. Chestnut and its fruits are now part of our collective imaginary, as well as of the Apennine landscape so appreciated in Italy and worldwide.
The Cassa di Risparmio Foundation together with Academy of Agriculture dedicate their own resources to keep alive the tradition of chestnut trees, that in these 10 acres of park is illustrated the history and forms of recovery.
The management of the park also makes use of the contribution of volunteers and the local network. including cooperatives of work and agricultural production.