Travel and Culture in Lombardy
The most important green area near the city, situated in the northern suburbs of Milan, is the Parco Nord, with its about 600 hectares, that was planned in the 60s, but then was realized in 1975. The park was born in an area that was initially highly urbanized, provided only by a few green traces which had survived to the cement. Later, thanks to the creation of the park, also these areas have been reclaimed and included in the protected territory.
The first significant interventions to make the park’s areas become green again were made in 1983 and today, 20 years later, more than 150 species of different plants live on the 250 reclaimed hectares. Today it is possible to walk under limes and horse-chestnuts, near hawthorns and hazels and so come into contact with a nature that has so much developed till it has created some real woods, generally poplars and elms ones. Also numerous species of animals live in the park and have increased parallelly with the plants’ proliferation.
In fact, the animals who live in the park are: owls, owlets and many small raptors as the sparrowhawk. Then other animals present on the territory are: the robin, the pied woodpecker, the fieldmouse (a small rodent that is typical of the cultivated areas), the hedgehog, the fox and the wild rabbit.