The initiative, which is being carried out with RomaNatura, was officially launched on the morning of 8 February. Club mascot Romolo met a group of pupils from the local Tacito Guareschi school – part of the Municipio Roma IX district to which Trigoria also belongs – so that they could help plant some of the 120 new trees.
Among those attending the event was AS Roma CEO Lina Souloukou, local councillor for budget, agriculture and parks Giancarlo Righini, RomaNatura extraordinary commissioner Marco Visconti and Municipio IX schools councillor Paola Angelucci.
An agronomist explained the planting process to those present while RomaNatura park wardens helped the children put an identification card on each tree named after influential women from around the world.
The trees planted are holm oaks – evergreens with leathery leaves which absorb a lot of CO2 and produce high amounts of O2.
“In recent years AS Roma has shown its commitment to environmental sustainability through initiatives like this one here today,” said Lina Souloukou. “That is one of the reasons why our club was chosen from among ECA members to lead the UEFA Strength Through Unity football sustainability strategy 2030.
“Ensuring our training ground is environmentally friendly is one of the cornerstones of the project we are implementing with RomaNatura and the Lazio region. One of our aims is to train the younger generations, so we are delighted to involve children from our Municipio in the tree planting process."
“I want to thank AS Roma – and CEO Lina Souloukou in particular – for organising this initiative, which shows great environmental awareness,” commented Giancarlo Righini. “Forestation is a topical issue and an important challenge for the local administration because it is key to the survival of the land and the environment surrounding us.
“Getting youngsters involved in the process is fundamental and that is why the Lazio Regional Administration has announced that young people aged 18-28 can apply to carry out their alternative civilian service within the regional parks – a unique experience which aims to develop young people's knowledge of and respect for nature.”
Marco Visconti further underlined the importance of the collaboration, which will see more initiatives carried out over the coming months.
“RomaNatura is continuing its commitment with AS Roma in 2024 to redevelop green urban areas such as this forestation project and the planting of new trees at the Centro Sportivo Fulvio Bernardini,” the commissioner began.
“The aim of these schemes is to enhance natural capital through a series of interventions that we are carrying out, laying the groundwork for a sustainable recovery based on innovative, environmental policies. The ultimate aim is to protect ecosystems, maintain biodiversity and produce oxygen for the environment.”
The planting of new trees at the AS Roma training ground follows the green redevelopment initiated in Trigoria in recent months, which ensures an energy saving of 96 megawatts per year while eliminating 34,000 grammes of CO2 emissions.
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