“If nature is left free to grow, it is not symmetrical.”

This was the reason why Paolo Abbati, veterinarian, when he decided to create a forest in his hectare of land, he chose not to draw on any type of financing. “They wanted me to line up the trees. Have you ever seen a forest with the trees all lined up?”

“I did everything without spending so much” he says. In 30 years he has recreated a habitat for wild animals, often the National Forestry brings him squirrels or fawns that have come downstream following the current of a river. “I put plants to feed the animals,” he says, pointing to some fallen hazelnuts. “Only the first two years were challenging, then once the plants took root, the forest started on its own.”