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Biodiversity in the fields

In the Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles Green Lane, connecting Eduardo VII Park to Monsanto Forest Park, was sown in 2009 a biodiverse meadow. This meadow was applied experimentally to test its evolution in urban areas, to be able to assess their resilience, maintenance demands and to listen the users of the Green Lane.

Since water is an increasingly  scarce resource, it is necessary to find alternatives to lawns, as major consumers of water in urban areas, to ensure high standards of quality green spaces.

Biodiverse dry meadows, unlike lawns, are mixtures with greater diversity and ensure a wide range across species, making the system more balanced. These meadows, which are highly productive when grazed, have high periods of endurance in the soil, without requiring water and ensuring very low maintenance actions.

Given the wealth of these pastures in legumes, is not necessary to its fertilization with nitrogen, since these species fix atmospheric nitrogen, which subsequently will be provided to the grass.

The use of nitrogen fertilizers is very demanding concerning fossil fuels, and therefore the use of these pastures will avoid emissions associated with the production of these fertilizers. Besides, this type of pasture is liable to be seeded with minimum tillage of soil, which also reduces emissions.

The alternation throughout the seasons of the year is a natural part of the dynamic landscape and can be enjoyed here.