Small students take a gardening lesson to create the “bee house” –

from Francesco Sellari

In the Segantini Park in Milan, the first flower house to help bees: hundreds of plants and shrubs where insects can continue their pollination work

A small flowering oasis was born in Segantini Park in Milan to help bees. These insects, which are so important for agricultural production and are so endangered due to the effects of climate change and the use of chemicals for conventional agriculture, need flowers to find shelter and to continue their basic pollination work. Also, 100 boys and girls from Convitto Longoni School spent a morning outdoors planting lavender, fillarea and strawberry trees. An oasis with plants and shrubs to attract and protect the various species of insects such as bees, butterflies, bumble bees.


“The children who come to have this experience live in this area. With days like this, we want to push them even more to love their park and to become protagonists of sustainability, the angels of biodiversity,” says Alberto Fiorio, teacher at The boys and girls also attended an environmental education lesson they held received as a gift 100 seedlings and 100 bags of plant and wildflower seeds. In this way, they will be able to recreate “oases of biodiversity” even on the balconies and in the gardens of their homes. And 8 garden sets were given to the school to put what they learned into practice. “We are very pleased to have had this opportunity – adds Alessandra Di Marco, also a teacher at Longoni – It is an experience that captures many interdisciplinary aspects of the educational programs we face. This journey began with Earth Day and will certainly not end here. ”The one built by the students at the Longoni boarding school is the first” Casa dei Fiori Colussi “.

The risk of decline

The bee and butterfly population is dangerously declining. It is estimated that in Europe it is one risks about a third of the population Overall. On the quay are habitat degradation, the massive use of pesticides, parasites, diseases and of course climate change. According to data from the Ispra 2021 report, more than 75% of the main agricultural crops and about 9 out of 10 wild plants use pollinating animals to transfer pollen and ensure the reproduction of the species. In Europe, 78% of wild flower species and 84% of cultivated species are at least partially dependent on insects for seed production. More general, up to 8% of current global fruit and vegetable production can be directly attributed to pollinators. We are talking about 15 billion euros in terms of annual agricultural production for Europe alone. The one guaranteed by pollinators is therefore a basic ecosystem service with an estimated value of about $ 153 billion worldwide, of which about 26 in Europe alone and about 3 in Italy. In the collective imagination, the Italian gastronomic tradition is good and healthy food, produced by quality agriculture in harmony with the environment and the territory, recalled Massimo Crippa, commercial director of the Colussi Group. “Concepts that speak to us about the history of our country, but which are as current and modern as ever. This project has a strong symbolic and formative value, as it is primarily aimed at the new generations, our future. “Partners in the initiative in Milan are AzzeoCO2, a company specializing in green redevelopment projects, Italia Nostra and Segantini Park Association.” Through planting of new plants, mainly honey-bearing, which are to nourish the pollinating insects, we act to ensure the balance of the ecosystem – says Annalisa Corrado, head of Innovative Projects in AzzeroCO2 – A project that we pay special attention to, also considering the involvement of students and schoolchildren, because among the goals of our work is also to convey and strengthen in the new generations respect for the environment we live in and the importance of its protection ». The next Case dei Fiori is born in Rome and Bologna.

13 May 2022 (change 13 May 2022 | 09:31)

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