STUDENTS studying gardening at the IES Mare Nostrum in Torrevieja took part in a major tree planting scheme within the Natural Park. The initiative, which is part of the environmental programme ‘Mare Natura’ has been set up with the collaboration of the Environment Department of Torrevieja’s council.
Accompanied by two teachers, the 20 students received an introductory talk on the environmental values of the Natural Park given by environmental education monitors before moving on to the Lo Albentosa area. This is next to the cemetery and in that area they planted four Aleppo pines, two carob trees, three wild olive trees, three black hawthorns and 15 mastic trees.
The boys and girls involved in the scheme have the ultimate objective to bring them a greater awareness of their environment through study and the consequences of their planting actions.
The project also includes the municipal programme for the conservation of bats where a number of shelter boxes have been installed throughout the study areas; the monitoring of sparrow nesting boxes that are already in existence; and the creation of a garden with a number of native plants and some traditional crops in the area.