Center of interest
28047 Oleggio (NO)
Naturalistic Area "Le Ginestre" in Oleggio. The area represents an important example of environmental recovery of an abandoned quarry. The owners, that is the firm "Valle Ticino s.r.l.", have decided to carry out environmental recover measures and have given this area to the Park on a free loan and for an agreed period of time. Until the 1970s, the area housed a quarry for the extraction of gravel and sand.
Thanks to the work and commitment of the volunteers of the Association "Amici del Bosco - squadra AIB di Bellinzago", to which the Park has entrusted the management and maintenance of the site, "Le Ginestre" has been returned to nature and is today a merry green oasis. The name recalls the shrub with the bright yellow color which colonized the banks of the old "quarry hole", that has become today a busy stop and reproduction area for many species of invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds.
With a small lake set as a precious stone among luxuriant woodlands, a didactic trail, picnic areas, a wooden didactic hall, "Le Ginestre" houses today environmental education activities, workshops, guided visits, events, and also charity events. According to the tradition, on May 1st it is the theater of a celebration day with snacks and attractions.
"Le Ginestre" can be reached on foot or by bike from Mulino Vecchio di Bellinzago (at about 1.5 km) or with motor vehicles from Oleggio (NO), taking SP road 527 and, following the brown road signs, an asphalt road on the right.
The area is provided with a car park in front of the entrance, recreational areas with benches and tables, a wooden didactic hall, and toilets accessible for people with disabilities.
Entrance fee: Free admission and visits.