As spring comes into full swing, we are nearing the end of our planting season in Europe. We have now finished working on our sites in Grisel, Valdeporres, Campos, Fresno del Rio and Pisón de Castrejón. By the time we are completely finished, we will have restored 1120 hectares and planted over one million trees. Over the next forty years, we expect this site to drink up a total of 269.000 metric tonnes of CO2. Alongside gulping carbon from the atmosphere, these projects will be key actors in restoring local biodiversity, capturing and storing rainwater, and providing new shelter to wildlife. Renewed interest in forests and newly created employment opportunities mean local communities welcome reforestation projects and activities. Overall, this shows the versatile impacts the work we are doing in these areas have.
This season, we came across even more interesting wildlife, which delights us even if they aren’t exactly helping our progress! The first creatures to cross our path were hogs. In Vega de Doña Olimpa, a lost hunting season due to COVID meant more hogs. They didn’t waste any time when they saw an opportunity to feast upon the acorns from our recently planted oak trees. Although we always welcome wildlife, especially those that admire our trees, the hunger of these hogs means we are currently replanting to reverse the damage done!
We have extended our planting season this year, seeing as 2021 began with a lot of heavy snowfall. Like many of our planting locations, Pancrobo was cold and white for longer than expected, meaning planting delays. Now the conditions are perfect, not only for us but for eagles too; it’s nesting season. With Spain being a European refuge for this legendary species of bird, they will be needing peace and quiet to build families and rear young chicks. Nature has spoken and we are happy to adjust our plans so it can run its course. It can be unpredictable, but that’s what makes these projects exciting. We work for nature, not the other way around.