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  • Nord Milano Regional Park:
    • Land Surface Area (ha): 600,00
    • Regions: Lombardia
    • Provinces: Milano
    • Municipalities: Bresso, Cinisello Balsamo, Cormano, Cusano Milanino, Milano, Sesto San Giovanni
    • Establishment Measures: LR 78 11/06/1975
    • PA Official List: EUAP0202

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The Park Nature

The territory of Nord Milano Park includes very interesting areas from a naturalistic point of view, despite the limited size of its territory and the great influence of man on it.
The section of Po Plain where Nord Milano Park was established has been used for agricultural purposes since ancient times, as witnessed by the maps of Catasto Teresiano (1722 - 1784). For this reason, the eventual areas where vegetal and animal species of interest could find shelter were mainly represented by watercourses like Seveso and Canale Villoresi.

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By walking along the paths, among the lime tree or horse chestnut tree rows or by strolling around the several paths crossing the woods, you can admire the colors and smell the fragrances of a lively nature.

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The Herbs of the Park

The Trees
Norway Maple Field Maple Wild Cherry Tree Ash
Sycamore Birch Pedunculate Oak Small-leaved Elm

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The creation and the development in the years of areas covered with thick woods alternating with large clearings, rows of trees and shrubs, has favored a surprising increase in the presence of animals in the Park: of course, we are not talking about eagles and chamois, but about several bird species, small mammals, insects and amphibians which are interesting and above all rather easy to observe.

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After twenty years from the first reforestation activity of Nord Milano Park which took place in 1983, what you can see today is a young but already well-marked park.
On 250 hectares of areas subject to reclamation activities and then given back to nature, today there are almost two hundred thousand high-trunk plants and shrubs of different species.


The great quantity of trees and shrubs has favored in recent years the growth of several mushrooms, and, especially in September and October, the visitor will have the opportunity to admire an unusual "blooming" of mushrooms of any shape, color, and species.
The most significant feature is represented in the undergrowth by Coprinus disseminatus. If you are patient and careful and decide to visit the Park areas, there will be some surprises.
It is possible to observe over fifty mushroom species in the Park territory. Some of them are very sought-after in cooking (like Coprinus comatus, Agrocybe aegirita, Agaricus campestris, and Rhodopaxillus nudus), others are very dangerous, like Amanite Phalloides or Paxillus involutus, whose poison can be lethal; others must be eaten only after boiling them, like Clitocybe nebularis.

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Park's History

Mind, hands and heart for a green lung

The Park is a common work realized by many people in a four-decades period. In this place the suburbs of six different towns meet and, together with the Province, the Region and the citizens grouped in several Committees and belonging to the Amici del Parco Association believed that a common dream could come true: that of a great green lung to upgrade the whole metropolitan area. Today the Park attests that those technical and political choices were made with foresight.

1967 - The PIM (Piano Intercomunale Milanese, meaning Milano's Intermunicipal Plan) Study Center presents the "plan's general project" approved by the mayors' meeting, which contains the idea, the proposal and for the first time also the name "Parco Nord Milano".

1970 - The provincial governor issues a decree to establish the "Consorzio Parco Nord Milano", which the Province of Milano and the municipalities of Milano, Bresso, Cinisello Balsamo, Cormano, Cusano Milanino, Sesto San Giovanni belong to.

1973 - Roberto Confalonieri is appointed president, and the institutional bodies take office. The head office is the Dugnani Palace in Milano.

1975 - With the Law Nr. 78/1975 the Lombardy Region officially establishes the Parco Nord Milano as a metropolitan belt regional Park, and for the first time it brings the European green belt experience into the Italian legislation.

1978 - Approval of the first Park's Coordination Territorial Plan which had been drawn up by a group of architects (Mario Brunati, Demetrio Costantino, Raffaele Selleri, Virginio Vercelloni, Franco Aprà).

1980 and 1981 - Through a twenty-year mortgage all the areas which were once owned by the former Breda are bought: 120 hectares, one fifth of the whole Park's surface.

1983 - Ercole Ferrario is appointed president, and Francesco Borella - one of the architects and town planners of the PIM Study Center who had been working at the project since 1967 - is appointed director.
Thanks to the new director the real creation of the Park begins. In the same year the first 11,000 plants are planted over a 10-hectares area, in collaboration with the Regional Forestry Company, in that moment directed by Paolo Lassini.
This first work is the first stage of a systematically revolutionary experience, because many afforestation works will follow over the next 30 years.

1985 - Approval of the general modification of the Park's Coordination Territorial Plan carried out by the architect Francesco Borella, with the legal advice of the attorney Marco Lucati. Development of the outline plan, with the landscape advice of the architect Andreas Kipar. In these years the first hirings begin in order to adapt the park's structure which was still incomplete then.

1990 - after the untimely death of the president Ercole Ferrario, Angelo Lesma is appointed president for the meantime. After three training courses several Voluntary Ecological Guards begin their work in the Park. Over the last years seven training courses have been carried out, and now more than 120 authorized Guards are active in the territory (person in charge Erminio Capelloni).

1994 - After the two-year period with Michele Rossetti, Antonio Sormani is appointed president and he carries on with the structural stabilization and hiring policies both in the planning sector (person in charge: Davide Papa) and in the agronomic-forestry one (person in charge: Roberto Zanata). In the late 90s other sectors develop: the Administrative Service (Paola Ameri), Financial Service (Mauro Mantegazza), Security Service (Gianmario Bernasconi), 'Vita del Parco' Service (Tomaso Colombo). Also qualified technical specialists are hired, such as the forestry specialist Riccardo Tucci.

2000 - The procedures for the election of the new director start: Riccardi Gini boosts the development of the inner structure (especially through the hiring of the architects Paolo Caporale, Giovanna Carbonara and of the agronomist Fabio Campana) in order to begin with the realization of important works showing, at the end of the decade, the completed Park. In the same Year Angelo di Pasquale is appointed president.

2004 - Ignazio Ravasi is appointed President and fosters the Park's visibility and fame in the Milano's territory, thanks to both the celebrations for the Park's 30th anniversary and to the realization of the Biodiversity Festival 1st Edition.

2009 - Carmelo Gambitta is appointed president. In these years the territorial transformation projects for the Park's western sector (Niguarda-Affori-Bruzzano) become more stable with the Municipality of Milano.

2011 - Giuseppe Manni is appointed president and he is still in office. Thanks to this charge, which today does not provide any pay, the park has been revitalized, especially through the use of new environmental voluntary work modalities aiming at making citizens, enterprises, associations and local government responsible towards environment.

2014 - Besides the above mentioned people, many others still work in the park with passion and perseverance: Monica Beretta, Donatella Biccheddu, Francesco Carbone, Davor Colombo, Alberto Corbetta, Valeria Dalla Francesca, Luisa Del Soldato, Gennaro Di Maio, Paolo Dileo, Marco Fiori, Vilma Frigerio, Antonio Imbrogno, Severina Lombardi, Luca Longinotti, Luca Luciano, Barbara Luraschi, Carlo Mancastroppa, Savino Patruno, Stefano Perego, Amneris Pinelli, Elisabetta Pirovano, Davide Ranza, Massimo Rizzo, Marco Segabrugo, Marco Siliprandi, Livio Tiberti, Umberta Todone, Lorenzo Tonin, Lorenzo Tottolo, Paolo Tumiati, Massimo Urso. The following people devoted their whole working life to the Park with extraordinary enthusiasm, leaving their indelible traces in the forests and ecosystems: Attilio Bianchi, Francesco Melia, Giovanni Mirabella, Davide Versolato.

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