New regenerated soil



After decades of neglect, the soil in post-industrial areas is often of poor quality, unfit for any use. Importing fertile soil from elsewhere is costly, both environmentally as well as economically.


Carbon-neutral methods to restore soil fertility involve combining the poor quality soil with compost from organic waste and biotic compounds.


Local authorities in Turin identified the need for additional arable soil for new green spaces and decided to use the Sangone Park for producing and testing regenerated soil. This soil is ideal for urban forestry and the aim was to make the regenerated soil available for use in public green spaces throughout the city. For more details, read the factsheet on new soil production in Sangone Park.


During the co-design process, it emerged that regenerating new soil from lake sediment had to unfortunately be cancelled due to the high content of heavy metals in the sediment. Learn more about the process from this summary.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement no. 776528. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the proGIreg project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.