The Scout association of Split has announced that it has so far planted 2,200 new trees, 50% more than planned, as part of the ‘Green, I love you green’ project.
The last drive of the project started on April 17, and ends on May 1, 2021, and the Scout association of Split expects to plant in total 2,500 new trees by then, which they are closing in on already.
The Scout association of Split EU project, through the European Solidarity Force and the Agency for Mobility and EU programs, is aimed at contributing to local community in nature restoration.
A total of 64 volunteers from all over Europe have helped take part over the past 2 months in the project. In cooperation with experts from Croatian Forests, the scouts from Split and young volunteers have been focused exclusively on afforestation, and the planned watering of seedlings has been done by Mother Nature through frequent rains.
So far, 2,200 trees, instead of the planned 1,500, have been planted in the area of the city of Split, on the slopes of Mosor, below Zvjezdano selo, where it is planned to plant the rest of the trees.
During this volunteer programme, Split scouts, as hosts, have provided volunteers with an introduction to local cultural monuments and other features of the local environment. At the same time, volunteers learn about local customs, life, language and more.
The organisers have been pleased that, despite the epidemic, they have the opportunity to connect young people from different countries and at the same time contribute to their community and the renewal of nature.
“Volunteering has been carried out with strict adherence to measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, so that so far there has been no outbreak in volunteer groups,” organisers said.
The Scout association of Split says it will continue to strive to source EU funds in order to achieve significantly improved effects of afforestation of burned areas around Split, in cooperation with the Boranka project, and the Croatian Scout Association.
This project is implemented in partnership with Croatian Forests, with the wholehearted support of the City of Split and Mayor Andre Krstulović Opara, and with the help of the Directorate of Civil Protection – SEC CZ Split, and the Croatian Scout Association.
“We are celebrating the day of our planet with the best possible contribution to its climate sustainability, and in that spirit we wish all our fellow citizens a better climate and a better Earth,” the Scout association of Split concluded.