Shrubs and fruit trees have been planted on a plot used for organic farming in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz has launched a pilot intervention scheme that will forge closer links between town and countryside by promoting organic farming on land in the peri-urban area. The purpose of the activity is to improve yields by boosting biodiversity in the surrounding of cropland.

more than fifty specimens of around fifteen different shrub species have been planted on the edge of a field. The species selected are commonly found growing on slopes and forests in the environs and include the strawberry tree, boxwood, holly and cherry and apple trees, among others. As well as having a positive effect on the ecosystem, these living structures add to the beauty of the rural landscape.

On the same farm, fruit trees have been planted for production purposes and as an innovative agroforestry activity, integrating crops with tree plantations.

This project is being undertaken within the framework of action C.4.2: Key green infrastructure for improving the link between the city and countryside and the country’s resilience to climate change.

Partners: Vitoria-Gasteiz Council and CEA (Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Vitoria-Gasteiz