Volunteers from Corporación Hijos de Rivera and members of the ADCOR Foundation planted over 220 trees of 9 native species in the reforestation activity held last Saturday on a plot of land in the Community of Neighbourhood Mounts of San Antón in Irixoa.
Experts from the Habitat Naturalist Group guided this day of environmental recovery that promotes the gradual transition from eucalyptus monoculture to forest area of native species.
The Volunteer team of Corporación Hijos de Rivera carried out an activity aimed at the reforestation of native species in the Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve. The objective of the conference held on Saturday, March 5, has been to preserve the Galician forest ecosystem and its ecological wealth through the planting of over 220 native trees and shrubs in a plot of the Community Neighbourhood Mounts of San Antón in Irixoa, a space of great environmental and landscape interest, for its gradual transition from eucalyptus monoculture to forest area of native species.
This environmental recovery initiative has been developed by the Habitat Naturalist Group, which has coordinated the work methodology and the selection of the most suitable species for the area. It has also had the help of a group of 15 members of the ADCOR Foundation, which serves adults in a situation of dependency, who wanted to join the day accompanied by their teachers. So, on Saturday, 30 volunteers from Corporación Hijos de Rivera together with ADCOR planted oaks, chestnut trees, cherry trees, hawthorns, and ash trees, among other native species.
The Habitat Naturalist Group is a non-profit environmental organization that, for over 40 years, has been working in favour of the dissemination, study and conservation of the Galician natural heritage. Andrés Pereira, manager of activities and projects of this entity, points out that “we consider that actions like this are enormously beneficial, not only in the environmental aspect with the enhancement of native species against the monoculture of eucalyptus, but in the fact its impact transcends other dimensions, such as the promotion of citizen involvement through volunteering or social inclusion with an entity like Adcor. It is also important that participants enjoy the positive benefits of contact with nature and that collaborative alliances are created between different institutions in favour of the environment.”
This is the first reforestation activity promoted by the Volunteer team of Corporación Hijos de Rivera after other previous interventions, such as beach cleanings in the surroundings of A Coruña or the removal of the invasive exotic species cat´s claw in the Coastal Path of the Arteixo coastline. All of them are part of an action programme focused on generating positive impact on the environment and protecting the Natural Heritage of the area.