Tens of thousands of trees to be planted in bid to reforest Algarve

in Algarve · 08-11-2018 09:42:00 · 0 Comments
Tens of thousands of trees to be planted in bid to reforest Algarve

A total of 21,000 trees are to be planted in four of the Algarve’s 16 counties by hundreds of volunteers, in a bid to help reforest the region.

Among the trees due to be planted during the third edition of the ‘Green Mountain’ operation are pine trees, Holm oaks, arbutus trees, oaks and cypresses.
This year the operation will cover the counties of Silves, Loulé, Portimão and Monchique, and takes place on 23 November.
The charitable event, which has Portugal’s President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, as patron, is being spearheaded by the Zoomarine sea life theme park, supported by volunteers, team from the local councils, the Regional Tourism Board, and the Portuguese Navy.
So far, according to newspaper Correio da Manhã, around 600 volunteers have enrolled. However, the event organisers say many more volunteers are needed, particularly to help with planting in Silves.

The plantations will be adapted to the needs of each municipality and their terrain, and will be carried out within the framework of Native Forest Day.
In Silves, the initiative will be held in the Herdade do São Bom Homem and in Loulé next to the industrial zone.
In Portimão, the trees will be planted near the race track, and in Monchique, in the Montinho area.
The ‘Green Mountain’ operation was conceived by Zoomarine as part of its ‘Together We Protect’ philosophy and was launched in 2016 to boost the collective protection and preservation of the Algarve’s natural assets.
In 2016, 5,000 trees were planted in the municipality of Silves. In 2017 the initiative doubled its efforts and planted 10,600 trees in Silves and Loulé.
In 2018, the trees will double again, as will the areas to be planted.
For more information or to enrol. call 289560315


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