10,000 native trees for Froxán Community, Spain

2 organisations are working together to create the Froxán Foundation: Verdegaia protects the environment and promotes conservation.  Sociedade Histórica e Cultural Coluna Sanfins works with the commons stewardship body in biodiversity conservation, restoration of degraded areas and environmental education and both hold responsibility for the Froxán ICCA Community Conserved Area.
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The Project

The 100 hectare Froxán Commons in Galicia was the first Indigenous and Community Conserved Area (ICCA) to enter the World Database on Protected Areas after going through a national peer-review process and has been the focus of rewilding and restoration work. It includes a diversity of important habitats, including temperate forests and heathlands. It is also a Special Interest Landscape Site and allows visitors spectacular views of two estuaries from the mountain crest. However, it is threatened by invasive exotic tree species that are hard to eradicate and which increase the risk of fire and reduce biodiversity. Involving the local community, this project will:
- remove Acacia and Eucalyptus trees over 20 hectares and
- plant 10,000 native trees to restore natural woodlands.
- Restore 4 hectares of wet heath through the removal of drainage ditches and the propagation of heather and other species.
- Install a circular 8 km trail for locals and visitors to enjoy the area.

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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage