Chestnuts were once known in the Valais as the ‘bread of the poor’. At that time the Valais was the largest producer of chestnuts in Switzerland, along with the Ticino. Miles of beautiful chestnut forests are evidence of this, and an encouragement to long walks. The chestnut tradition is alive and well today. A big chestnut festival is celebrated in Fully every October. Over 8500 kilograms of chestnuts are roasted at numerous market stands in the village streets surrounding the church.
The Salzgäb Chestnut Forest
In the year 2003, the citizens of Mörel launched a project to recultivate and replant the Salzgäb chestnut forest on 3.3 hectares of land. The idea was to raise the agricultural, scenic and ecological quality of this key area and the 17-hectare surrounding zone as a forest reserve, and to rediscover the chestnut as an organic product in Mörel as well.
Apart from ‘raising the ecological quality of this agriculturally significant area’, the Salzgäb forest reserve project also has a ‘pedagogical’ interest: sensitising the public to the natural and cultural heritage of the chestnut forest. Visitors will be taken through the forest reserve using the existing trail and a new one, which has not yet been completed. The educational exhibit in the De Sepibus building, and the informational plaques situated at suitable points, will give the public information about the project. In addition, a small community centre will be built in a stone barn in the eastern part of the central zone.
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