Caption: Volunteers at last year’s reforestation initiative in Silves’ Herdade do São Bom Homem

Zoomarine leads project to plant 10,000 trees in Silves and Loulé

Around 10,000 trees will be planted in the boroughs of Silves and Loulé on Thursday, November 9 as part of the second edition of a reforestation initiative entitled ‘Operação Montanha Verde’

Led by Guia’s Zoomarine theme park, the initiative was held for the first time last year with several volunteers helping plant over 5,000 trees in Silves’ Herdade do São Bom Homem.

The goal this year, the park says, is to plant double the amount. The idea is to help compensate the number of trees lost in Portugal’s devastating summer fires.

Zoomarine will be in charge of organising the initiative and providing meals, tools and transportation to volunteers, who will be mostly employees of the many entities that are backing the project.

“Unfortunately, 10,000 trees won’t be enough to make up for the terrible losses Portugal has suffered lately. But they will add to the 5,600 planted last year and help alleviate some of the losses,” the theme park said in a statement.

If all goes according to plan, the goal will be to keep planting more trees every year.

“Our intention is to double our efforts in 2018 by planting 20,000 trees in four Algarve boroughs.”

Besides Zoomarine and the Silves and Loulé town halls, the initiative is also supported by the Messines Caixa Agrícola and the University of the Algarve.