Update #9 / October 1, 2021

I’m incredibly happy to share this update. Trees for Lurë made a huge step forward and moved from the preparation/paperwork activities to getting things done!

We dug 2550 holes!

We managed to dig all the 2500 holes (plus 50 extra) in just 3 days instead of expected 10 days. Huge thanks for this result goes to the amazing local crew we worked with.

The holes vary in size but fall within the acceptable range of 40x40x35cm to 30x30x30cm to fit the more grown up trees we will plant.

2550 holes in A13/Borie-Lurë area
2550 holes in A13/Borie-Lurë area

Local community support

I firmly believe that engaging and including the local community is the key to successful outcome of the Trees for Lurë in the long term.

There is a real shortage of jobs in rural areas such as Lurë. Therefore we offered the work we needed to be done to the local community instead of working with volunteers.

We offered everyone fair pay, agreed the price per hole and paid at the end of the day. This gave people flexibility to choose their work days. Some decided to work for free, others have been paid.

Guys worked so damn hard and even said the terrain was easy! I’m not really sure about that! I tried and for the most part, failed… :)

We are proud we could contribute towards the community and help where it makes a real difference.

Our local team which helped us digging 2550 holes
Our local team which helped us digging 2550 holes

AdZM project changes

There have been last minute changes to our project based on the feedback from the AdZM Dibër. This resulted in a new area A13 / Borie-Lurë and planting 100% of Pinus Nigra which suits the area.

The main reason is that Lurë National park is divided into three zones in terms of environmental protection. The most protected zone is around the lakes. In this zone it’s allowed to plant only certain tree species (we had a good combination) which were grown at the SAME altitude.

The sticking point here was the altitude. It is near to impossible to acquire trees from the correct altitude in Albania. As of now we don’t know about possible suppliers for suitable trees at required altitude.

We have worked together with AdZM Dibër to execute the 2021 goal within their requirements and the new area has been selected at a lower altitude.

This will allow us to bring trees to Lurë which all involved parties are 100% sure belong there and have a great chance of survival.

New ways to donate

The Donation page has been updated to make donations easier and cheaper.

It is now possible to donate directly to our bank accounts in Albania for domestic donations. For EU donors there are also bank accounts of FAR&FURTHER z.s. which handles the donations within the European Union.

What’s next?

All our focus is now on the second phase - planting. In next weeks we will travel around Albania visiting tree nurseries to choose the best saplings supplier for our project.

In our case the best sapling is not the cheapest one but a healthy, 3 year old Pinus Nigra which satisfies our quality specifications.

On behalf of the whole team,


Update #19: Overview of the 2023 / January 28, 2024

Overview and Brochure of our work in 2023, what a busy year it was!

Update #18: 10,081 planted in Autumn 2023 / December 15, 2023

We planted another 10,081 trees in 2023 bringing total number up to 22,793!

Update #17: Organising school events in 2023 / December 7, 2023

Organising school events in 2023

Update #16: Dorjan leaving Trees for Lurë / July 10, 2023

Dorjan decided to leave the project and focus on new exciting opportunities.

Update #15: Preparing seeds of Pinus nigra, Pinus peuce and Abies alba for planting / April 11, 2023

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.