Another green area of Lipor converted in Native Forest

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The team of Green Areas of Lipor has made the conversion of another green zone: the slope rising along Lipor’s Ecological Trail.

Continuing to work to convert the green areas (lawns) of Lipor making them more sustainable, an area of 4,100 m2 was converted into an autochthonous forest, by planting and introducing cork trees, strawberry trees, myrtle, laurel, fruit trees and the application of a native flowering meadow, interconnecting the surrounding area of Lipor Adventure Park.

The selection of these species was centred on autochthonous species, aiming to reduce maintenance and create a more resistant barrier to forest fire. In addition, these species are well adapted to local ecological conditions, with reduced water requirements and long periods of drought or heavy rainfall when compared to introduced species.

This conversion to autochthonous forest was also intended to solve the issues of a steep slope with uncovered soil, compacted and difficult to maintain, in a high erosion area allowing the soil to be fixed and diminishing the risk of landslides. Although it was a complicated intervention because of the thin soil cover, we are confident that most plantations will be successful.

This conversion will transform an inhospitable place into a biodiverse green zone, gathering wildlife and food production.

The native forest is a natural heritage of our territory and is therefore of great importance on several levels. In addition to its intrinsic value, native forest is relevant, not only at the environmental and ecological level, but also in the conservation of biodiversity.

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