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Parco Regionale Bosco delle Querce

Via Ada Negri 1, Seveso, Meda

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History and Environment

The Parco Bosco delle Querce or Oak Wood Park was set up in 1983, as part of the reclamation and restoration work carried out by the Region of Lombardy following the accident that took place in 1976 at the ICMESA factory in Seveso, with the release of a cloud of toxic gases. The environmental and forestry work was completed in 1986 and the care of the park was entrusted to the Azienda Regionale delle Foreste (ARF). By the end of 1998 the park contained 21,753 trees and 23,898 shrubs. The decision to create a wood after the removal of the contaminated soil was due in part to the efforts of the grassroots movements that emerged in Seveso after the accident and put up forceful opposition to the initial plan to construct an incinerator. The Bosco delle Querce is located on Brianza’s high flood plain, around 210 metres above sea level, at the boundary between the hilly area of the morainic arcs to the north and the terraced areas of level ground of the fluvial-glacial deposits, the result of the erosion of the moraines to the south. The area to the west of the Bosco delle Querce is rich in watercourses: numerous small streams run down from the Groane plateau and into the river Seveso. The Certesa or Terrò watercourse flows past a long stretch of the wood’s perimeter, after draining an ample swathe of territory upstream as far as Lake Montorfano, and then joins up with the Seveso a little further down. The natural vegetation once present in the zone can be identified as deciduous mesophytes, and in particular Querco-Betuletum insubricum, Querco-Carpinetum and Ostrietum (Helleboro-Ornetum), with a variability dependent on the composition of the soil. The species of trees and bushes present in the surviving woods nearby include common oak or sessile oak, Scots pine, birch, European hornbeam, alder, willow, Cornelian cherry, bramble, hawthorn, hazel and elder. The herbaceous flora includes heather and aster.

Use and access

Access to the enclosed areas of the park is permitted only under the supervision of guides and along selected paths for educational purposes. Three intensive recreational areas are located at outlying points of particular interest to the public: to the north along the river Certesa, in the middle around the visitor centre of the Parco di Via Ada Negri and to the south at the secondary access in the vicinity of the entrance on Via Redipuglia. The extensive recreational areas are intended for use by the public, predominantly for hiking without equipment.