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Urgent call for tree-planting volunteers

Volunteers helping the reforestation programme in the Solea region

The Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI) and the TUI group are looking for volunteers for a tree planting day in the Ayios Theodoros valley on Saturday November 12.

The event is part of the effort to restore and reforest the more than 18.5 square kilometre of forest in the Solea region destroyed by a huge fire in June. The forestry department estimates that about 70 per cent of the forest will regenerate itself.

In order for this to happen, the department has prepared a comprehensive restoration plan. As a start, anti-erosion measures were taken and trenches were dug by foresters and some volunteers to prepare the soil for planting and making watering easier.

With the rains starting at this time of the year it is time for the next step of the plan, the planting of trees and bushes. This involves more volunteers, and the CSTI and TUI aim to find as many as possible.

For volunteers who make their own way, the meeting point is the Ayios Theodoros forest station at the entry of the village next to the main road to the village and the starting time is 9.30am.

Buses will be provided for participants from:

Nicosia: Aeolos office at 8am, University of Nicosia at 8.30am

Limassol: Cyprus University of Technology at 8.15am, Jumbo parking at 8.45am

Paphos: Neapolis University at 7am, Aeolos office at 7.30am

Paralimni: Aeolos office at 7am

All those interested in participating should contact [email protected] or call 99-800189 0r 22-252315 by Thursday November 10.







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