Istrian Town of Porec Continues With Tree Planting Tradition

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Porec, Istria, Croatia
Porec, Istria, Croatia

As Morski writes on the 9th of November, 2020, this year, much like last year, the Istrian town of Porec will join the praiseworthy action of the collective planting of trees under the initiative entitled “Plant a tree, don’t be a stump”.

Namely, the Association “Plant a tree, don’t be a stump” is continuing last year’s successful tree planting campaign across the Republic of Croatia, in which more than 20,000 diverse participants across Croatia planted 60,000 trees in just three days. This year’s action, originally planned for the first week of December, was postponed to March due to the epidemiological situation. However, all those who are ready can start planting trees earlier, the Association noted, meaning the action will take place in the aforementioned Istrian town in the week spanning November the 23rd to the 29th, and the plan is to plant and divide a total of 500 seedlings.

”After last year’s action earned a lot of public interest, I’m glad that this year we can continue with the positive practice,” said the Mayor of Porec, Loris Persuric, noting that in that Istrian town every year there are regular activities encouraged to maintain and enrich the the local ecosystem in spring and autumn, and this action will be an opportunity to further improve urban oases and raise awareness of the need to preserve and protect nature.

”It’s important for us to take care of our green areas and this is something that Porec has become known for, especially because some trees were damaged during bad weather or had to be removed due to dilapidation or for practical reasons. However, for each felled tree, several new ones are planted, and through the spatial and general urban plan, the balance of green and construction areas is taken into account. In public areas alone, not including private plots, there is more than 50 percent greenery in urban areas, while in the wider area it exceeds 80 percent,” he stated.

The collective planting of trees in this Istrian town is divided into two parts: the first part takes place from the 23rd to the 29th of November, when the planting of trees begins with local committees. Namely, certain areas were visited and the type of trees and mirolocations for planting were suggested, such as in places where trees were recently damaged by storms, and in children’s playgrounds. Of the trees, primarily native cultures will be represented, but there will also be some less represented species planted there.

The second part of the action will take place on Friday, November the 27th starting at 09:00. Over 300 seedlings of indigenous trees will be distributed free of charge to all interested fellow citizens, which they will plant in their areas.

”Last year we were planting trees everywhere: from kindergartens and schools, to playgrounds, promenades and beaches, species such as laurel, palm, pine, holm oak, chestnut, fig, almond and other species were planted. Forests damaged during the summer storms were enriched, and tree-lined avenues were planted in several places. Representatives of local committees, locals and a large number of children took part in the actions. That is why this year we’d like invite all interested parties – whether they be companies, associations, clubs or individuals – to join us and plant a tree to help create an even more beautiful and greener Porec, the shade of which will be enjoyed by generations to come,” concluded the mayor of this Istrian town.

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