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Over 400 Students from Benidorm Explore the Regeneration of Racó de l’Infern Quarry on World Environment Day

In commemoration of World Environment Day, more than 400 students from ten Infant and Primary schools in Benidorm visited the Racó de l’Infern Quarry, a natural area undergoing regeneration in the Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada. This educational visit allowed the young people to learn about the environmental recovery efforts and the municipal project to transform the quarry into a public park.

Over 400 Students from Benidorm Explore the Regeneration of Racó de l’Infern Quarry on World Environment Day

The 60,000 square metres of land that make up the Racó de l’Infern Quarry, located in the Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada, will become municipal heritage once the landscape restoration work is completed. This area, which suffered significant damage in the past due to human activity, is being restored through a public-private collaboration with the participation of TM Grupo Inmobiliario and Grupo Bertolín.

During the visit, the students had the opportunity to learn about the restoration work being carried out at the quarry. This initiative not only aims to recover the natural environment but also to educate new generations about the importance of preserving the environment.

In addition to touring the quarry and learning about the regeneration process, the 5th and 6th-grade students received a talk about the unique characteristics of the Parc Natural de la Serra Gelada, the only maritime-terrestrial natural park in the Valencian Community. They were informed about the native flora and fauna and given a detailed explanation about selective waste collection, highlighting the importance of their participation in the mobile Ecopark truck, which was brought to the site for this special occasion.

The participating educational centres included CEIP La Cala, El Murtal, Miguel Hernández, Bautista Lledó, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Leonor Canalejas, Gabriel Miró, Els Tolls, Puig Campana, and the private school Lope de Vega. These students, accompanied by municipal representatives and collaborating companies, enjoyed a day of learning and environmental awareness.

The regeneration process of the Racó de l’Infern Quarry involved the deposit of approximately 180,000 cubic metres of inert materials to restore the terrain's morphology, raising the surface by about 40 metres, equivalent to a twelve-storey building. This work will be completed before the summer, followed by soil preparation for reforestation and the construction of a drainage network.

In autumn, reforestation will be carried out with native species such as pines, olives, carobs, dwarf fan palms, blackthorns, mastic trees, and rosemary, planting a total of 2,585 trees and around 3,650 shrubs. If the project follows the scheduled timeline, the recovery will be completed by Christmas, transforming the quarry into the Parc del Racó de l’Infern, a new green space for the enjoyment of the public, similar to the already rehabilitated areas of Séquia Mare and El Moralet.

This transformation not only highlights Benidorm's commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation but also offers its residents and visitors a new park to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the region.