The Woodland of Others

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Chiara Appendino, current Mayor of Torino, was among the first signatories of the weTree pact.

Her commitment for weTree project comes from the close collaboration with Agroinnova, Centre of Competence for innovation in the agro-environmental field of the University of Torino, in order to recover a green area of the old town so far neglected. The Woodland of Others will be located inside Palazzo Nuovo area, between Via Verdi and Corso San Maurizio: the structure houses the School of Humanities and its departments. The space identified for the future forest is part of the green area in front of Palazzo Nuovo and is the last step needed for the complete “green” renewal of the structure. Authors of the Woodlands of Others are two landscape designers from Torino who have already developed sustainable projects in the area and won international awards.

Dedicated to

  • Lia Varesio - weTree Torino
  • As a child, Lia Varesio (Torino, 1945-2008) was involved by her father, who was at that time president of the catholic association San Vincenzo de’ Paoli, in voluntary activities for the needy, then in the parish and at the table of the poor. She got a job at FIAT as an employee in social assistance: her task was responding to requests of the poor who wrote to Agnelli Foundation asking for help. She also worked as voluntary penitentiary assistant in the prisons of Corso Vittorio and Vallette, until, in 1979, she founded the Association Bartolomeo&Co to take care of homeless, drug addicts and alcoholics. In Torino she was called “the Angel of the bums”. She obtained several awards in the city and beyond, and in 2005 was nominated Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, for her social commitment with the poor. In the last years of her life, she continued to devote herself to the needy, despite her precarious health conditions and frequent hospitalizations.

In collaboration with:


Promoter Committee

Giulia Anstasia Carluccio, Prorector of the University of Torino
Patrizia Sandretto re Rebaudengo, President of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Ambassador of Torino’s excellence in the world
Antonella Parigi, former Assessor for Culture of the Piedmont region
Elena Accati, former Full Professor at the University of Torino
Stefania Naretto and Chiara Otella, agronomists and landscape designers, founders of LineeVerdi