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Bosco Limite

An innovative project aimed at regenerating the aquifers of the Paduan plain

The Bosco Limite is an attempt to support the groundwater flows of the Paduan plain. In a rural context historically used for the cultivation of grains, an artificial forest (bosco) is intended to encourage water to seep into the Veneto aquifers. The innovative and economically-viable project combines landscape health and human resource management in this creation of a small forest.

In the territory of Carmignano di Brenta, the most northerly point of Padua province, stretches an area known as Bosco Limite, an experimental zone of 23,500 square meters that is actually the largest Forested Infiltration Area (FIA) in Veneto, created to regenerate aquifers and preserve biodiversity. The wood grows in an area once used for the intensive cultivation of maize. Here, the Brenta Reclamation Consortium has set up a new derivation system capable of pumping large quantities of water into the permeable ground of the high plain, seeking to increment the underground water reserves. The land, once used for intensive agriculture, has thus been completely transformed and revitalized. At the same time, the Bosco Limite safeguards the aquifers from infiltration of fertilisers and weed-killer. It has become one of the most forward thinking models of native reforestation in Veneto.
The project allows for the regeneration of aquifers by means of a artificial water network that is over a kilometer long. Connected to the river Brenta, the network can pump up to a million cubic metres of water per hectare into the subsoil each year. In an aim to reconstruct the typical environment of ancient level forests, over 2,300 species of trees and bushes have been planted, including oaks, hornbeam, ash and elm. The area is therefore ideal for recreation, with its highly popular educational itinerary and paths that can be accessed on foot, by bike or on horseback.
ETIFOR, spin off of the University of Padua, has played a key role in the development of Bosco Limite. Not only have they covered the costs of the artificial water system and the high-quality woodland, ETIFOR have also activated the long-term reduction of carbon monoxide emissions, specifically through the action of the trees. It is estimated that the wood captures 50,000 kg of carbon monoxide per year and emissions are reduced by 90% through the use of fossil fuels for agricultural vehicles. Periodical cleaning up of the wood provides around 40 quintals of wood per year, an excellent source of renewable energy. Data related to the sustainability of the project is constantly updated on their dedicated website.


How to Get There

By train: the Forest is located about 6 km. from Carmignano di Brenta station (Treviso-Vicenza railway line), with good cycle-rail interchange facilities.
By car: exit the A31 Motorway (Rovigo-Piovene Rocchette) at “Vicenza Nord”, proceed towards Cittadella along the SR53 road until you reach San Pietro in Gu, then turn North towards Pozzoleone.


Opening times for visitors:
Bosco Limite
Where to eat: we suggest the Albergo Osteria Scaldaferro, where it is possible to taste traditional Venetian cuisine and the “Ristorante Tre Rose” (Via San Giovanni 18, Carmignano di Brenta; tel. 049 5957272) which serves excellent fish dishes.
Where to stay: in the vicinity we recommend the Albergo Osteria Scaldaferro and, further North in Rosà, the Bed&Breakfast Carpe Diem. In Bassano del Grappa is the Bike Hotel Alla Corte, wich provides facilities and services for cyclists.
Canoe and Kayak Tours:
Onda Selvaggia - Centro sport fluviali
Ivan Team - Centro nazionale rafting e canoe sul fiume Brenta

In the environs

Museo Archeologico Ambientale delle Acque di Padova

The Environmental Archeology of Water Museum in Padua

The Brenta and Bacchiglione rivers told through underwater finds

Fonte della Madonna della Salute di Monteortone

The Madonna of Health Fountain of Monteortone

Miraculous thermal waters in the Marian Sanctuary at the foot of the Euganean Hills

Borgo fluviale di Pontemanco

The River Town of Pontemanco

On the trail of the Republic of Venice's hydraulic creations, the Biancolino Canal shines

Abbazia di Praglia

The Abbey of Praglia

A Benedictine monastic complex for the reclamation works and water management of the territory