Transformations in full swing at Catalan spring

Posted on: 17 April 2018 | By: Emma Squire


Last weekend, local volunteers came together to plant over 30 indigenous trees in the area surrounding our BlueHealth study site at Can Moritz.

Dr Mireia Gascon, the lead ISGlobal researcher working on the project, was interviewed by Radio Rubí and explains in the video above:

“Local residents had asked that the area around the spring could be transformed into a park after they were consulted about its rejuvenation. As a result, a team of dedicated volunteers including children came along to clean up the area and plant trees. Tree species include almonds, pines, holly oaks, and common oaks. The landscaping project – designed to improve the area – will be completed on the 22nd April, to coincide with Earth Day 2018.”

At the start of 2015, a Modernist spring was discovered during a clean-up of an area of scrub land in Rubí, in Catalonia. The spring, overgrown and completely hidden, was not documented and had been forgotten by citizens of Rubí.

As part of BlueHealth, ISGlobal researchers, students from the Master’s Degree in Landscape Intervention and Heritage Management at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Rubí city council, the Rubí d’Arrel NGO and local residents have been working on developing the area around the site to encourage local people to make use of these valuable green and blue spaces.