The biopark, situated in the small Italian municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese in the city of Bologna, includes a 70,000 m2 plantation of 9,000 young common oaks (quercus robur) and a fruit garden (30 different species on 900 m2). Since 2008, similar projects have been carried out by Audi at many of its production plants around the world. These plantations will be monitored over the coming years and decades in a project that will provide insights into forest productivity, stocking (forest density) and the ability of forests to store carbon and maintain biodiversity. Special attractions in the forest include a nature walk featuring native tree species and a wetland area, where local schoolchildren can learn more about the environment, and even a fitness area.
In April 2016 Lamborghini established an apiary in the Lamborghini Park, with the aim to initiate a monitoring program of several pollutants, by analyzing honey, wax and the honey bees themselves.
Bees can be used as excellent environmental indicators, as they allow an indirect monitoring of the state of health of the surrounding area. Their attitude to exploring every corner of the region in search of vital resources, means that every day the foragers of a beehive execute million withdrawals from various matrices of the environment: the flowers for pollen and nectar, infested leaves sucking insects to collect the honeydew (later transformed into honey), buds and twigs to gather the resins necessary to the production of propolis, and then the water sources.
Lamborghini’s apiary consists of eight hives. During 2016, three of the eight hives have been the subject of three samples of all the hive matrices (honey, pollen, wax, and bees themselves) to detect any local environmental pollution: heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins but also pesticides used in agriculture and the urban and private green.
In 2016 the apiary produced 240 kg of honey. The honey was found free from all the searched residues.
Lamborghini Biopark project is an opportunity for mutually profitable collaboration between Lamborghini and its host municipality of Sant’Agata Bolognese, because in addition to being a research site, the oak forest adds value to the regional landscape and environment and has an educational dimension.