La Brunese

A green infrastructure in the SCI of Torre dell’Orso
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Torre dell’Orso - Italy

Financial Resources:

POR 2014-2020 / European Commission / Environment


Landscape / Europroject / Sustainable mobility / Infrastructure / Nature park / Water


6000 m²

Amount Of Work:

300.000,00 €


Comune di Melendugno


Preliminary and Final Design of the nature trail

Agronomica Advice:

Agr.For. Antonio Longo, Agr.For. Cristina Rugge


Render Arch. Jr Enrico Durante, Arch. Giulia Marzocchi

State Of The Project:

Executive design

La Brunese is a project of development and preservation of the Site of Community Importance of Torre dell’Orso that was submitted from MARGINE in June 2013 on behalf of the local administration of Melendugno. For this project, MARGINE was supported by the scientific advice of the Osservatorio Faunistico (Monitoring centre for animals) of the Province of Lecce, by the agronomist Francesco Vigneri and by Zane Editrice as far as public communication is concerned.

MARGINE applied for the LIFE + Nature / European Commission / Environment fund on behalf of the local administration. We acted as project managers for the stages of feasibility planning and project sustainability as well as editors of the final draft of the project. Our application to the call in 2013 was technically and financially adequate, but the intervention was regarded as of secondary importance and hence did not obtain the grant.

The area that would have been subject to intervention is a Site of Community Importance where a swarm typical of this area of Puglia lies at the moment. Before the reclamation process carried out during the fascist government, this area was nothing but a 6-hectare wide swarm. After the reclamation process, the hydrologic flow was channelled towards the sea through a canal of reinforced concrete. This canal runs from Torre Saracena, a small tourist and residential area in the inland, to the beach of Torre dell’Orso.

Our design concerns the development of the SCI through the implementation of a nature trail adjacent to the canal of Brunese. Such trail should be made of compacted soil and wooden boardwalks and it should work both functionally as a sustainable connection between the two above-mentioned areas and culturally as a “path of knowledge” about the local swarm environment. Moreover, such trail would allow the inhabitants of Torre Saracena to walk or ride to the seaside on a safe path and prevent them from using the coastal road at their own risk.