NATURE IS OUR FUNDAMENTAL MEDITATION
The Awakeland Reforestation Project was born in 2014 with the objective of recovering the land after decades of bad forest policies which lead to eucalyptus monoculture and soil impoverishment. After the wildfire of 2016 which destroyed much of the land, our reforestation project aims to protect the soil and create a more resilient and biodiverse natural system by planting mainly typical Mediterranean species on terrace gardens. Six years on, the fruits of this continuous work are very visible, and so the dream of an emerging forest, of an immense biodiversity reserve of both plants and animals, of a space of abundance for us all is already a reality.
Throughout the winter of 2018/2019 we pushed the reforestation project even further by running several projects:
- A huge fruit tree orchard of around 200 trees with over 40 different species in the main valley stretching all the way to the Heart Lake, the trees include peaches, plums, apples, pears, apricots, cherries, figs, persimmons, pomegranates, oranges, but also avocados, bananas, guavas, lychees, mangos , as well as various dry fruit trees like walnuts, pistachios, chestnuts, pecan nuts, hazelnuts and more delicate and tropical dry fruit trees like almonds, macadamias, cashews and Brazilian nuts.
- Our 2019/2020 project is dedicated to the completion of the irrigated orchard in the lower terraces all the way to the north of the land. The plantation pattern will be faithful to the Mediterranic polycultural model (almonds, figs, olives, plums, carobs etc), We planted 400 trees on this project.
Our final winter project took place from early January until early March 2019, we gave our 'wild' forest a boost. Our aim was to plant a non-irrigated plantation of native and highly resilient trees, between 2500 trees overall, which we achieved!
You can contribute to the healing and renaturing of this beautiful land by sponsoring/adopting/fostering your own tree.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND REFORESTATION
The “Awakeland Portugal Team” shares a dream that inspires us daily:
Take care of mother nature, plant trees and transform the land of Awakeland Portugal into a garden.
From this dream and inspiration, a program was born, which began by defining the various plantation zones and the design of our “garden”. The zone of the main house and its surroundings (nora, tank etc.), the zones of the peaks and frontiers, the valley zones and the lakes.
We rolled up our sleeves and started by planting 250 fruit trees of 40 different species in the zone of the main house and its surroundings. Interlaced between these trees, and visible today are diverse species of shrubs and bushes and vegetables to feed ourselves and those who come to visit.
Just as we were ready to start executing our tree-planting mission in the remaining zones, we were invaded by a fire that consumed 80% of the land’s total vegetation, in September 2016. An event that only made our determination greater, as well as that of our friends all around the world.
The fire’s passage opened a new perspective and a new vision for what we wanted to develop. The dramatic loss of the vegetation gave us new eyes, allowing us to better define and mark primordial water capturing zones as well as excellent parts of the peaks and frontiers, in which we have made terraces with the sole objective to plant our previously planned trees.
Today, these primordial water capturing zones have given rise to 3 new lakes (adding to the 2 that already existed), and the terraces are flourishing with thousands of new trees: medronhos, carob, almond, plum, apricot, fig and many more. The valley zones are presently covered by green grass, which contributes to the hydration of the landscape and protection of the ecosystem.
Our vision is to keep on giving life to this land, in the creation and conception of more projects, plantation of trees and all types of vegetation, and through this, establish a relationship of balance and exchange with Mother Earth!