Scheme lets people ‘plant’ trees and name them at the post office

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 30-08-2018 10:06:00 · 0 Comments

In the next few months, Portuguese people can “plant” a cork oak or a holm oak and even name their tree and follow its progress, based on the “A tree for the forest” scheme, in which environmental association Quercus and post office company CTT are partners.

The scheme, in its fifth year, is due to be presented on Thursday and aims to plant forests of indigenous trees in protected areas and national woods, especially in areas previously affected by the fires.
Kits for planting a single cork oak or holm oak will be put on sale at over 400 CTT post offices across the country, and online. Quercus will be informed about each kit sold and next Spring will plant every tree, either in burnt or other designated areas.
According to Quercus, since the beginning of the project, 80,000 trees have been planted.

“With the collaboration of several entities and volunteers, seeds are collected to produce plants, trees and shrubs are planted, woods are taken care of, forest fires are prevented, and environmental education is promoted through the preservation of biodiversity and the forest,” said João Branco, the president of Quercus.
Whoever buys the trees can register them in their name and will receive information about their development and about the area where they were planted. The tree is taken care of for five years.
In 2015 the project won the Green Project Awards in the category of “Mobilisation Initiative.” The award is focused on projects that are a call-to-action for society on sustainable development. In 2016 the scheme was also recognised by the Environment awards of PostEurop, a United Nations affiliated organisation.


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