OBJECTIVES

To preserve urban fruit trees in public and private areas.

To increase the number of trees in public and private spaces as well as in schools.

To document part of the botanical heritage of the city through mapping and the identification of trees located along roads, in parks, public gardens and private areas.

To develop activities that aim at caring for and pruning trees and reducing the impact of pests and diseases through the use of organic methods.

To increase the quantity of fruit that is harvested to benefit the local community and develop and promote collective action.

To distribute free fruit, linking those who have fruit and those who need it.

To create community spirit and strengthen the connections between citizens through the organization of collective actions and events regarding the care, harvesting and preservation of fruit.

To create jobs during the period of fruit harvesting and distribution, and give the responsibility to professionals to care for and prune trees and coordinate the volunteers.

To reintroduce one of the emblematic figures of the Mediterranean basin: the mixed fruit tree orchard.

To reintroduce and raise awareness of the ecological values of orchards and fruit trees (ecosystem services, increase diversity of species and habitats, as well as the resilience of urban ecosystems).

To reintroduce and promote the cultural values associated to fruit trees (agronomic, botanic and culinary knowledge, nutritional education and sharing).

To create a network of urban trees integrating new and existing ones, mapping the elements on all scales, in all spatial configurations and historical phases to create a diffused urban orchard.

To disseminate and preserve the biodiversity of our territory, revive ancient fruit and create new green areas that require low maintenance but play an important role in the urban ecosystem.

To contribute to sharing knowledge amongst schools and those interested in learning about other aspects of Rome’s history, traditions and culture.

To raise public awareness of the theme of food security and the environmental impacts of conventional fruit production.