Stones and trees tell the story
of the earth
Il Castagno dei Cento Cavalli (The Hundred Horse Sweet Chestnut), in
Monumento Messaggero di Pace
Il viale prima degli interventi. The avenue before the interventions
Messa in sicurezza della chioma con tiranti dinamici. Dynamic crown securing
Trasferimento degli alberi morti. Transfer of the dead trees
Proceedings of the International Congress Torino, Italy, April 1st-2nd, 2004
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Some special trees of Sicily - Stones and trees tell the story of the
Jill Butler has shared some special pics of her recent trip to Sicily.
One of the world’s most important trees and has been studied for many
centuries by artists and scientists.
Picture from 1780 which appears to show groups measuring the
circumference of the trunk.
It has survived a substantial way up on the side of Etna and is now quite
a visitor attraction. The local town has sought professional advice on its
It has been recognised as a Monumento Messaggero di Pace (Peace
Monument), by UNESCO (17 August 2008).
Follow Jill's travels and see further wonderful examples of
special and monumental trees pdf
In the management of trees located in areas intensively used by the public,
naturalistic reasons are
rarely taken into account: diseased or dead trees are readily removed in the
name of public safety and
without considering alternative options. We present a different management
case. The main avenue of La Mandria Regional Park, near Turin, has a high
naturalistic value because of the presence of 96 veterane peduncolate oak (Quercus
robur) trees hosting rare saproxylic beetles
(including the priority species Osmoderma eremita) and providing roost sites
for bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus and P. kuhlii were observed hibernating
in cavities excavated by larvae of Cerambix cerdo).
Almost a quarter of the oaks, dead or decaying, were judged unstable and
dangerous for the public.
Management actions included: crown pruning, limited to necessary and
performed taking care of
preserving cavities; use of static and dynamic bracing systems to restore
crown balance; transfer of
dead trees and their replanting about 50 m away from the avenue; filling of
the voids in the tree rows
by planting new pedunculate oaks; monitoring of conditions of trees and
bracing systems; closure of
the Park to the public in bad weather conditions. Additionally, informative
material was produced
aimed at raising public awareness of the biological importance of conserving
dead and decaying trees.
La gestione di un viale di farnie centenarie: tutela della
biodiversità e sicurezza pubblica pdf (172KB)
The trees of history
Protection and exploitation of veteran trees
Proceedings of the International Congress Torino, Italy, April 1st-2nd,
As this is a large
document, we have split it in two:
pages 1 -
76 to end (2.4MB)