A group of volunteers from the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory joined the initiative “Florestar Braga” (Forest Braga), the Portuguese city where INL is headquartered, and helped to plant ten Alvarinho Oaks (Quercus robur) and two Mistletoes (Ilex aquifolium), which were quite in tune with the approaching season.
This initiative was supported by Munícipio de Braga and the twelve baby trees are now planted and located in a field right in front of INL, at the Avenida dos Lusíadas, in Braga.
Catarina Moura, a research fellow at INL Medical Devices Group led INL’s contribution to the local community on behalf of our intergovernmental organization.
“I am so happy that INL joined Braga City Council in this initiative and that we had the amazing opportunity to plant indigenous trees close to our institute today. It is very important to raise awareness about the sustainable conservation of indigenous forests, and each of us can have a very positive impact on our Planet by just planting a single tree. I hope this action inspires others to do the same and watch their trees grow over the years”, said Catarina Moura after the trees plantation on the 23rd of November, the Day of the Autochthonous Forest.
This day was established to promote the dissemination of the importance of the conservation of natural forests, presenting itself simultaneously as a day more adapted to the climatic conditions of Portugal and Spain for sowing or planting trees, an alternative to World Forest Day, happening each year on March 21, which was initially created for the countries of Northern Europe.
Each tree has now the name of the INL members who wanted to leave another positive mark in the society other than the ones they already do through science.