Plant and Protect | Hurleys Farm

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Project Name: Reforest with The Hurleys

Location: Valley in the Serra do Acor mountain range - Quinta do Canhestro, Portugal

Project host: The Hurley's

Timeline: In process

Partnership established: Feb 08, 2020

Number of trees planted on the project until now: 3425

Project description: Hurley’s Family Farm project is led by Tamzen, Justin and their 3 kids. They moved from the UK to rural Portugal to pursue carpentry and dancing while living close to nature and raising their children in harmony with the land. They found a home just before the great fires of 2017. Fires that took their forest and their house. But they did not give up. After 2 years of living in a yurt their new house is almost ready and together we also planted 5000 trees that they and the future project caretakers will nurture for their whole life cycle.

Mission statement by hosting project: "The key to success in any natural environment is diversity and the key to ecosystem restoration is thoughtful reforestation which provides diversity. A variety of native trees planted well and growing into a forest will provide food and habitat for thousands of species of plants, insects, birds and animals, will restore the ground water table, provide stability to the earth through their intricate root system and reduce the pollutants in the air. Creating new forests, restoring destroyed forests and thoughtful management of existing forests is the best thing that we can do for our planet and our children right now and it's what we would like to do here at Quinta do Canhestro."

Plant and Protect Scheme signed: No

How did Gone West help establish this project: Campaign establishing on gogetfunding, media content creation to feed that campaign, the trees to be planted, and the planters to plant the trees

Were there any trees planted on the projects prior to this partnership?

Number of trees supplied by  GW: 3425

Number of trees planted by GW: 3425

Types of trees supplied and planted: 725 Quercus robur, 100 Acer pseudoplatanus, 200 Castanea sativa, 125 Fraxinus (angustifolia and pseudoplatanus), 100 Prunus avian, 1000 Quercus robur, 200 Native pines (pinenuts), 675 Quercus super, 300 Arbutus unedo

Why was the partnership initiated?  In October 2017 Portugal experienced the biggest forest fires in all it's history, 1000s of hectares of land were ravaged by the flames that were fanned to record breaking speeds by the winds of Hurricane Ophelia and our little valley was a tiny part of that huge area burned. It became more like a post-apocalyptic wasteland than a verdant valley, just two months after we had moved onto it.

Is Gone West offering this project continued support? The seed campaign was finished for this project. Since then, Gone West gave the project branch support through the Free Trees Portugal program. There is space to plant more trees and collaboration is still possible.

Afforestation or reforestation? reforestation

Intended outcomes of the project? To reforest this portion of Portugal with after the October 2017 forest fires. And to specifically plant native trees that are more resillant to forest fires.

The very sad thing is that in this part of Portugal much of the land has been sold to paper companies who have created a monoculture through establishing thousands of Eucalyptus plantations. New plantations have even been planted around our valley this year. Eucalyptus trees are not native here, they are fast growing, voracious, thirsty trees. They thrive on fire, exploding with heat, spreading their seeds far and wide, reducing the ground water, creating a perfect environment for fire and destroying the natural growth of thousands of other species.

The key to success in any natural environment is diversity and the key to ecosystem restoration is thoughtful reforestation which provides diversity. A variety of native trees planted well and growing into a forest will provide food and habitat for thousands of species of plants, insects, birds and animals, will restore the ground water table, provide stability to the earth through their intricate root system and reduce the pollutants in the air. Creating new forests, restoring destroyed forests and thoughtful management of existing forests is the best thing that we can do for our planet and our children right now and it's what we would like to do here at Quinta do Canhestro.

Services provided by this project? The rewilding of Portugal country side. To establish a more ecological diverse environment and to establish a natural environment that better suited towards increasing wildfires.

Employment opportunities supported by the project? This project employed 2 content creators, supplied 3 Gone West admistrators with work, and gave 7 tree planters jobs during the planting of the forest.

Educational service provided through the project?

Agro-forestry approaches being utilized on the project site? Natvie Pine trees were planted which will be able to be harvested and can be used as a lurxy product if chosen to be collected for sale.

Specified gender equality supported by the project?  

How does this project monitor success? This projects monitors sucess by constant updates from the land owners/stewards. Because this was a restoration project for land owners who live on the land they are contiutatly learning and interacting with their land to be produce the abunance they intend for their land to provide.