Volunteers to plant 42,000 trees in eight Algarve boroughs

Volunteers to plant 42,000 trees in eight Algarve boroughs

Zoomarine theme park in Guia has announced the return of ‘Operação Montanha Verde’ (Operation Green Mountain), a tree-planting initiative which will take place on the mornings of November 6 and 7.

The goal will be to plant around 42,000 trees in the eight participating Algarve boroughs: Silves, Loulé, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Olhão, Faro, Castro Marim and Lagos.

“Yes, we know that this repeated annual offering of some tens of thousands of plants won’t change the world,” says the theme park in a statement.

Volunteers to plant 42,000 trees in eight Algarve boroughs

“But we are convinced that many hundreds of people will join forces to protect  our Algarve (…) that is how the planet and our society are changed for the better,” it adds.

The initiative was launched in 2016 after the horrific fires which devastated Monchique. Since then (and taking the expected 42,000 trees which will be planted in 2022 into account), the project has been responsible for the planting of over 126,000 trees – around 100,000 of which were planted with the help of around 11,000 volunteers.

Volunteers to plant 42,000 trees in eight Algarve boroughs

Apart from Zoomarine, the initiative is also supported by the University of Algarve, Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF), Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), Algarve Regional Development and Coordination Commission (CCDR-Alg), Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, ALGAR, Águas do Algarve, Algarve Regional Delegation of Education and Olimar Reisen.

Further information on how to sign up as a volunteer is expected soon.

By Michael Bruxo
michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com