Integrated in our initiative "1 ride = 1 tree", Live Love Ride has again helped plant 200 trees alongside Portuguese ONG "Plantar 1 Árvore".
The plantation site was located in "Mata Nacional do Bussaco", an ancient, walled arboretum in the Centro region of Portugal and home to one of the finest dendrological collections in Europe, located within the Bussaco mountain range. The forest measures 1450 meters by 950 meters and covers an area of 105 hectares, it is home to more than 250 species of trees and remarkable bushes. It is threatened by invasive species and by storms that knock down hundreds of trees, some of them centuries old, creating spaces that need reforestation in order to combat invasive species, densify the affected area and restore biodiversity.
The team dedicated itself to promoting biodiversity, natural regeneration and ecological succession through the planting of 200 plants:
Medronheiro ( Strawberry tree) - 72
Azevinho (Holly) - 25
Carvalho alvarinho (Alvarinho Oak) - 34
Sobreiro ( Cork Oak) - 33
Pinheiro Manso (Pine Tree) - 13
Abeto (Spruce) - 23
Thank you to all the volunteers that participated! And a big thank you to all the guests that joined our bike tours and helped us give back to nature, for a total of 400 trees planted in 2019 - we'll keep on cherishing our ecosystem as much as we can, so we can continue to appreciate it's beautiful landscapes.