On Saturday Nov.16, a group of 15 HS students joined FestVerde in Pinhal de Leiria. This was a reforestation initiative organized by the US Embassy in collaboration with Quercus and Câmara Municipal da Marinha Grande. The aim was to plant as many pine trees as possible in an effort to bring back the green joy which was Pinhal do Rei before the devastating forest fires in 2017.
Our group arrived at around 12:30h in time for a quick lunch and to attend the official ceremony which counted with the presence of the US Ambassador and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Glass, who alongside a Quercus representative, taught us the best way to plant a pine tree. We gathered our efforts and together tried to reforest the area already prepared for that aim, collected several hoes, a measuring stick and trays of baby pine trees and set ourselves to the task. The group was highly motivated; the ground was soft; the weather was beautiful and in two hours we managed to plant around 900 trees! It was a wonderful event!
By Ms. Teixeira