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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Yuki Anabuki

Notsuke Peninsula

Pelayo Alonso

Bosque de La Zoreda

Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

December, 29, 2011

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A escasos 3,5 kilómetros de Oviedo se encuentra este bosque atlántico de algo más de 30 hectáreas y que tiene la particularidad de que nace de la actividad industrial de la antigua fábrica de explosivos de La Manjoya constituida en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Sobre un bosque natural de castaños y robles, se plantaron hayas y otras especies para limitar la posible onda expansiva de la dinamita que allí se fabricaba. En la actualidad este bosque también intenta limitar la onda expansiva de la explosión de la burbuja inmobiliaria española. Entre los árboles se puede ver lo que pretendía ser un ambicioso proyecto urbanístico de 3.500 viviendas de lujo con lago y embarcadero como alternativa a la playa… El lago quedó en piscina. La constructora mayoritaria se arruinó y el proyecto quedó en manos de un banco que sólo desarrollará 405 viviendas, el resto tendrá que esperar a tiempos mejores…

Just 3.5 kilometers from Oviedo you can find this Atlantic forest of more than 30 hectares. It has the peculiarity that was born of the industrial activity of the old explosives factory of La Manjoya that was established in the second half of the 19th Century. Beech and other species were planted in a natural forest of chestnut and oak trees to limit potential blast damage from the dynamite produced there. Today this forest is also trying to limit the wave of the Spanish housing bubble explosion. Among the trees you can see what was supposed to be an ambitious urban project of 3,500 luxury homes with a lake and pier, as an alternative to the beach... The lake finally was a pool. The major construction company went bankrupt and the project now belongs to a bank that will only build 405 homes, the rest will have to wait for better times…
Pentax K-m, Pentax DA 10-17mm, Nodal Ninja 3

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