Update #7 / July 20, 2021
I have to admit that it almost looks like we are cursed. I can’t have another explanation for the obstacles we hit on our quest.
Snow in late May
Everything was planned for our May event when I went for a routine scouting trip to Lurë to find almost 2 meters of snow on the road leading to the lakes. I tried a few alternative routes but all were by snow or landslides.
Postponing the event was not possible due to the fact that the window for planting trees was just about to end. We went to Lurë anyway but unfortunately not with the trees but with friends to enjoy and do more scouting on the areas we will plant.
We have also met with Mr. Astrit Lika who is the current director of the National park to discuss our plans and how they can get involved.
While we have not been able to plant in May we switched immediately towards Autumn and used most of the Spring to prepare a detailed project, overall plan and a map to make sure we plant in Autumn.
We have worked on a comprehensive project for our planting efforts which we have submitted to the Ministry of Tourism and Environment for approval.
As soon as the Ministry will give us their decision we will be back to Lurë working towards the Autumn goals.
During summer we have a lot of work to do to prepare the planting area around the Liqeni i Zi.
This involves marking the area and the planting scheme. Cleaning up old wood and most importantly preparing the tree bed for 2500 trees - in other words - dig 2500 holes each 40x40x40 cm in size.
We want to do all this hard work ahead of Autumn events so that we can focus only on planting the trees and invite a wide range of volunteers to participate.
On behalf of the whole team,
Update #16: Dorjan leaving Trees for Lurë / July 10, 2023
Dorjan decided to leave the project and focus on new exciting opportunities.
Seeds to grow 11 000 seedlings in our nursery are being prepared.
Update #14: Planting 10 000 trees!!! / October 17, 2022
10 000 trees! That’s pushing our effort to the next level!
Update #13: 78% survival rate in the 1st year / September 13, 2022
78% survival rate, issues we enountered and lessons learned.
Update #12: Partnerships, Tree Nursery & Spring planting / May 25, 2022
Partnerships, Tree Nursery & Spring planting
Update #11: Finance 2019–2021 / January 27, 2022
How did we use donations in years 2019–2021?
Update #10 / October 25, 2021
Choosing the right planting material and supplier.
Update #9 / October 1, 2021
We dug 2550 holes! AdZM project changes, local community support and new ways to donate.
Update #8 / September 21, 2021
Green light for 2500 trees, new species, new area and seeds!
Update #7 / July 20, 2021
Snow in late May, paperwork and plans for the Autumn 2021.
Update #6 / May 20, 2021
We are back! The 1st event of 2021 takes place 28th-30th May, we are planting 2 500 trees in Lurë!
Update #5 / April 21, 2020
First, there was an earthquake, and now we have COVID-19 global pandemic
Update #4 / December 16, 2019
Earthquake, why we planted 51 trees and What’s next?
Update #3 / November 26, 2019
Earthquake, 2019 canceled, earthquake relief volunteering
Update #2 / November 24, 2019
More volunteers and donors, getting ready for next week, Help the Child! update and TV, Radio, Czech Embassy.
Update #1 / November 15, 2019
Welcome Scout Tirana 1, Make child happy!, new team members, stickers and exciting partners.