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Planting acer trees in the recreation area

Planting Trees

Healthy Soil – Healthy Planet

I was recently contacted by the brilliant Luke Massey of Wild Finca who told me about Life Terra, one of Europe’s biggest climate action initiatives. From large-scale, professional planting projects to small, local community activities, Life Terra has helped plant trees in over twenty European countries. Their philosophy is the right tree in the right place at the right time, for more effective land restoration and ecosystem resilience.

We desperately needed trees to finish a vital part of our project, to help to improve our soil and protect it from very variable weather patterns. And, of course, sinking carbon. So, I sent off an application to Life Terra and waited. I honestly couldn’t believe it when we were accepted. I cried tears of joy because it meant so much to us and our project.

Picture this if you will. Our land is higher in the middle, and the sun rises to the right (east) and sets on the left (west). The top of the land gets sun all day long, so the ground is parched, and there is no shade for the animals. As it is their job to eat, poop and fertilise the land, our animals need to be out there.

Two of our donkeys surveying our tree planting efforts and offering advice

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I’ve taken a few photographs from the various planting days. Underneath each one is the reason for planting the trees where we did.

This photo speaks for itself – two of our cheeky donkeys, watching our every move and offering advice.

Healthy soil leads to a healthy planet – dead soil is just dirt and an end to life on our planet. It really is that simple.

Planting Trees Around the Land

Find out more

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about tree planting and our other projects. It would be great to hear from you! We hold Walking Tours of the farm in the summer and early autumn. Bring your family and friends, meet all the animals and discover more about what we do and why we do it. Check the Ferme du Bourdicou What’s Going On page for dates and times this year, or call us to arrange a private tour.

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