NATURE IS OUR FUNDAMENTAL MEDITATION
ADOPT A TREE
The Awakeland Reforestation Project was born 3 years ago 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. Two years on, the fruits of this continuous work are already 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 becoming a reality.
Throughout the winter of 2018/2019 we will push the reforestation project even further as we are 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.
- Another 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), Our intention is to plant between 200-400 trees.
Our final winter project will take place from early January until early March 2019, as we will try to give our 'wild' forest a boost. Our aim is to plant a non-irrigated plantation of native and highly resilient trees, between 2000-3000 trees overall.
You can contribute to the healing and renaturing of this beautiful land by sponsoring/adopting/fostering your own tree:
For the sum of …
€1,50 you already help to plant a native tree on one of our non-irrigated terraces, including the preparational cleaning of the land, sowing the soil and the cost of the plant and an ecological manure fertilization.
€25 you plant and maintain a dry fruit tree, including planting the tree, as well as the sowing of the soil, setting up the irrigation system, cost of the plants, an ecological manure fertilization and basic maintenance for one year, until they are firmly rooted.
€50 you will plant a fruit tree in the fruit orchard in the main valley, including preparation and sowing of the soil, setting up an irrigation system, cost of the plants, an ecological manure fertilization and one-year maintenance until they are fully established.
You can transfer your donation via Paypal or bank transfer on our Donations page
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 fronteirs, 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.
When we were all ready to start executing our tree-planting mission in the remaining zones, in September 2016 we were invaded by a fire that consumed 80% of the land’s total vegetation. 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 captation zones as well as excellent parts of the peaks and fronteirs, in which we have made terraces with the sole objective to plant tour previously planned trees on.
Today, these primordial water captation zones have given rise to 2 new lakes (adding to the 2 that already existed), and the terraces are currently flourishing with almost 4.000 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!