At San Lorenzo di Lerchi we can see the Parco dell’Archeologia Arborea where local species of fruit trees are saved and protected for future generations. They are cultivated in a traditional way. The supporters of the association come from all over Italy and Europe. They are interested in collecting endangered species and preserving the variety of the old-fashioned fruits. Each supporter pays a small sum and becomes the guardian of a single tree. They have the right to consume the fruit but must leave three pieces – one for the sun, one for the earth and one for the plant. This is a local tradition. From the beginning the idea was to save these trees at risk and the work has become more urgent as the old species have gradually disappeared.
The farm at San Lorenzo now has a rich collection of 382 varieties including apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, almonds, loquats, grapes and jujubes. A visit can be booked and many associations, experts and curious visitors call in. There are often school groups of all ages.
Dr.ssa Isabella Dalla Ragione