The Royal Park I Roveri is located within the La Mandria Natural Park, an ancient royal hunting reserve harmoniously nestled in a centuries-old forest just outside Turin.
LA MANDRIA NATURAL PARK
La Mandria Park is an environmentally protected area that preserves the most significant example of lowland forest in Piedmont, where various species of wild animals live freely. The presence of a considerable tree heritage is evidenced by the existence of both native and allochthonous plants.
Through our environmental management plan we actively pursue the conservation of the wetland. Our aim is to maintain an environment that protects the rare vegetation and provides a habitat for wildlife. Issues that the club actively manages and monitors include:
- Water use and quality preservation
- Soil conservation
- Fauna and habitat
Royal Park I Roveri adheres to the National Action Plan (NAP) which requires the use of the most sustainable plant protection products and provides guidance to reduce their impact in the areas involved. The club’s policy is to apply only enough fertiliser to allow the grass to recover from the wear and tear of play. We maintain a constant vegetation cover on the ground as the most effective way of minimising soil erosion.
With biological control, using natural antagonists that exist in the environment, we aim to control pests to keep them within damage thresholds. The use of pesticides at Royal Park I Roveri is part of an overall philosophy and approach of integrated pest management; the club monitors and verifies all chemicals used on the course.
The heterogeneity of the landscape, characterised by the alternation of forest and open spaces, together with the particular geographical position of La Mandria Park, enriches its naturalistic value; the proximity of the Alpine chain and the river courses of the Dora Riparia and Stura di Lanzo are, seasonally, the reason for the presence of migratory animal species over short and long distances.
The forest fauna has a high conservation value due to its completeness: in the ancient hunting reserve, the resident animal species range from birds of prey to ungulates, from ichthyofauna to reptiles. There is no shortage of aquatic environments, mainly lakes, such as Lake Risera, which gives its name to the consortium of which the Royal Park I Roveri is part. All the wetlands constitute elements of ecological diversification, hosting a rich flora and constituting a source of resources for numerous animal species.