Florence, May 9, 2022 – The white and purple of the Solanum flowers and the green of the American wine dominate three walls in Kassel kindergarten and primary school in District 3, where it vertical garden thanks to the project in the municipality of Florence and by CR Florence Foundation. It was officially ‘inaugurated’ today in the presence of Mayor Dario Nardella, Environment Councilor Cecilia Del Re and Education Minister Sara Funaro, and CR Firenze Foundation President Luigi Salvadori.
In the city’s schools, thanks to the contribution of the CR Firenze Foundation, 3 green walls have already been built, while
The green intervention at the Kassel school he was interested in the walls of the entrance hall, the gymnasium and the kindergarten, whereupon plants of Solanum (Solanum Jasminoides) and American wine (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) were climbed to create two-colored fronts; small hanging shrubs (vinca minor, vinca minor variegata) complete the green structure at plant level. Since it was not possible to plant the vines in the ground, the plants were placed in containers equipped with an irrigation system. The lowering boxes in the primary school were decorated with paintings about the ecology of school children.
“We will fill our schools with plants – said the mayor Dario Nardella -: we start doing it from the outside with gardens, parks and green walls and then we will try to do it more and more also inside, because greenery and plants also help children learn, they help them to have a healthy, beautiful and positive with nature. For us, the relationship between the environment and the education of young people is fundamental. ” “This project is the result of teamwork – explained the mayor – with the Department of Environment and Education and with the CR Florence Foundation and is added to the parallel project underway in public housing coordinated by Casa spa”.
“Investing in urban green means investing in the future of the city and in the health of society – said the environmental councilor Cecilia Del Re -, starting with the little ones. For this reason, we are making structurally and permanently greener places closest to children to raise awareness of the importance of environmental and social sustainability measures and biodiversity. Flowers and greenery are actually fundamental to biodiversity and to bees, and today children have shown that they are aware of this. We are pleased that the CR Firenze Foundation continues to support the administration in these urban forestry interventions “.
“We are very concerned about this project – said the education councilor Sara Funaro -. Thanks to the attention of the CR Firenze Foundation, the walls of various of our schools will be adorned with vertical gardens that are mindful of the environment and sustainability in places where children are trained and educated. Green walls have a great value and an important significance, not only aesthetically, but also environmentally “.” CR Florence Foundation – declared its president Luigi Salvadori – is involved in several programs that see the environment as a protagonist, in the convention that it starts from education that we can change the fate of our territory. A destiny that must first and foremost look at environmental sustainability. The fight against climate change cannot be overshadowed in this historic moment, because investing in green urban areas means investing in the future of the city and in the health of society. “
The first phase of the project green walls in schools was completed between the winter of 2020 and the spring of 2021 by the municipal administration. In addition to the interventions already completed for the institutes Kassel, Barsanti and Bargellini, funded by the CR Firenze Foundation for 140,000 euros, vertical gardens are being built at Erbastella Kindergarten, Rucellai Kindergarten and Papini and Poliziano first-class high schools, with a total of around 600 children. In detail, at the Sauro Papini School (District 3), the Green Wall will be built at the entrance to the Auditorium, an attraction for the public during events, gatherings and shows. A single type of climbing plant has been identified, the American vine, whose planting will take place partly in the ground and partly in lowering boxes. Mahogany and Hydrangea arborescens will also be planted on the ground. At the Po schoolliziano (district 5) the intervention will involve the outer fence, with the installation of green walls in accordance with the panels in the noise screen, on the street in front via Morgagni, the main access axis to Careggi Hospital, recently rebuilt with the insertion of tram line 2: the new green wall will therefore be clearly visible to a large number of passers-by, which also allows for a climatic improvement for those traveling through the area, especially in summer with a reduction in heat. A single type of climbing plant has been identified, Solanum, which will be planted directly on the ground. Mahogany and Hydrangea arborescens will be planted on the ground.
At the Rucellai School (district 1) the plan is to make a green wall to cover the boundary wall, setting up green wings in bamboo phyllospachy five meters high to articulate the school playground, in addition to the kitchen garden area in boxes. For the green wall, Rhyncospermum Jasminoides was chosen as the evergreen climber to be planted in lowering boxes. Perennial hanging herbaceous plants like vinca and ivy will be planted in the basins. At the Erbastella school (district 2) the plan is to build a pergola with climbing plants along via della Chimera to replace the awnings. A single type of climbing plant has been identified, the American vine, which will be planted directly on the ground. Mahogany and Hydrangea arborescens will be planted on the ground.