Latest news from the quintaFebruary 24th, 2018. Post by Quinta do Vale
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Today we joined other volunteers organised by SOS Arganil outside the village of Cepos to replant burned hillsides with chestnut seedlings donated by Quercus on newly-dug terraces. Other species like medronheiro (strawberry tree - Arbutus unedo) and pinheiro bravo (Maritime pine - Pinus pinaster) were being planted in other blocks.
A step in the right direction, for sure, though I'm less convinced about these monocultural block plantings. What these hills really need is a rich diverse forest. Real forest, not plantations. ... See MoreSee Less
A step in the right direction, for sure, though I'm less convinced about these monocultural block plantings. What these hills really need is a rich diverse forest. Real forest, not plantations. Agree with that!
You have to start somewhere
New lintels and door frames! Work started today on putting the wee house back together again. ... See MoreSee Less
Why not stone lintels?
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the amazing crew at SOS Arganil for the donation of these brand new roof tiles for the reconstruction of the quinta's fondly-named Wee House! So many strong, sensible and heartwarming initiatives are coming out of this mountainous and sparsely-populated council area, 90% of which was devastated by the fires. Together we rise! ... See MoreSee Less
Lovely, heart warming
Thank God people are working together on this. What good news :-)
The worms finally in their new home.
The fire got into the tank enclosure thanks to the water supply pipe running along the back which caught light and took the fire inside. Then the waste pipe burned and then the tank itself caught fire, burning as far as the worm compost and collapsing in on it. The worms survived though. We dug them out and put them in a temporary open container while we installed the new tank, but when we came to put them back we found a lot of them had escaped in search of fresh food. So today I got a bucketful of worms from a neighbour's tank I'd supplied from this one. Finally we can start using the flush toilet again!
It was gratifying to see and smell nothing but lovely compost when we dug out the tank.
Next job is to encase the water supply pipe in cob to stop the same thing happening again. ... See MoreSee Less
Us and some of the very excellent people who've come by to lend a hand at various times. Very little of what's been achieved here would have been possible without them. A great big "thank you" to all! ... See MoreSee Less
Small steps in the right direction? The conversation still needs to be widened but this was an interesting event to attend. (With Laura Williams, Manuel Trindade Correia Marques, Maria Ana Botelho Neves)Decorreu no espaço multiusos do complexo turístico Loural Village a conferência “O que fazer agora para evitar a tragédia de amanhã”, que contou no painel de oradores com a presença da Presidente do Município de Góis, Drª. Maria de Lurdes de Oliveira Castanheira, do Prof. Dr. Henrique Pereira dos Santos (Arquiteto Paisagista), Prof. Dr. Pedro Bingre (Instituto Superior Técnico de Coimbra) do Amaral, do Eng. Henk Feith (Diretor de Produção da Altri Florestal).
Participaram na conferência cerca de uma centena de pessoas, onde foram apresentadas e debatidas estratégias que auxiliem a autodefesa da população das aldeias inseridas em áreas florestais, estratégias de prevenção sustentáveis a médio/longo prazo, nomeadamente na manutenção das faixas de proteção aos aglomerados populacionais, a possível utilização de fogo controlado para garantir a manutenção anual destas faixas, a baixo custo, de forma sustentável, bem como um modelo de incentivos que permita trazer o pastoreio de novo para o mundo rural, ajudando a fixar nova população nestas áreas, reinvenção do mundo rural, com base na inovação e na sustentabilidade destas práticas.
Outra proposta amplamente debatida, foi a necessidade de preparar as populações locais para a ocorrência dos incêndios florestais e para a necessidade de estas saberem como agir aquando da ocorrência de um incêndio. Devem estar preparadas para se autodefenderem até à chegada de meios de socorro. ... See MoreSee Less
There is a continuing conversation on the event's page. Worth following ... www.facebook.com/events/381037062347046/?active_tab=discussion