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  • Writer's pictureXavier Hancock

Libelinha's First Syntropic Lines are Planted

The crowdfunding campaign raised enough funds to start planting the syntropic lines on the 4 hectares of land to be regenerated at Libelinha Venture.

So a big thank you to everyone who has supported this journey into eco restoration, you have enabled us to make a huge step this month in starting the process of the land regeneration and planting trees.

The heatwave finally subsided with a number of days of welcomed rain, creating the ideal conditions to start planting trees. Even though it was raining the Rewild the Future team with a group of volunteers from the local area worked diligently over a three day period to plant the first 150 meters of syntropic lines at Libelinha.

Split into 2 lines, a 100 meter windbreak line was planted with the following tree species.

Casuarina equisetifolia

Ligustrum japonica

Photinia x fraseri

Cupressus leylandii

Cupressus sempervirens

Cupressus lusitanica

Arbutus unedo (Medronheiro)

Alnus glutinosa (Alder)

Erybotria japonica (Nespera)

These species are hardier and will protect the more delicate second line from the wind, which is a 50 meters agro food forest line planted primarily with Fruit Trees.

Punica granata (Pommegranate)

Prunus dulcus (Almond)

Diospyros kaki (Persimmon)

Morus alba (White Mulberry)

Morus nigra (Black Mulberry)

Pirus comunus (Pear)

Prunus persica (Peach)

Populus alba/nigra? (Poplar)

Then both lines were seeded with the following plants and vegetables to promote healthy biodiverse life for soil generation. It also has the added benefit of a yield that the volunteers living on the land can harvest when the crop is ready.

Ricinus comunis

Leucaena leucocephala

Cucurbita varieties (Pumpkin, Zuchhini)

Melia asedara

Diospyros virgiana (date pum)

Chaemacytius proliferus

Prunus spinosa

Prunus avium

Aparagus oficinalis (Asparagus)

Cynara cardunculus (Artichoke)

Miravilis jalapa

Malva silvestris

Pinus pinaster

Tetragonia tetragonoides (New Zealand spinach)

The lines were also filled with cuttings that Miguel took from Gravito.

Sinfitum oficinalis (Comfrey)

Sambucus nigra (Elderberry)

Spartium julsecum (Spanish broom)

So at present these will be the last trees planted this season as the optimal time for planting has now passed.

However this does not mean that the work on the land stops, far from it. The plan is now to continue with the soil regeneration to make sure that next planting season the trees will be planted into soil this is healthy and nutritious, giving them the best start to life. At the same time we will be monitoring the process of the 2 lines that we have planted this season so we can determine which species thrive in the local environment and which species have difficult. This gives us the opportunity to make sure that one we plant the second phase of the lines we will choose the species that will thrive and prosper on the land.

So once again thank you and please remember to visit our Facebook page, like it and ask to get notifications of the latest news.

Once again thank you for your support and joining us in this journey.

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