Raquel Locke was recently asked by the Environmental Police chief in Cachoeiras de Macacu to consider the possibility of having a group of children (around 60, ages 10-11) planting trees at Regua.
The Environmental Police has begun an Environmental Education state programme which includes the planting of trees with land owners. Considering Regua´s successful tree planting programme, we considered this a very appropriate opportunity to encourage local children to plant trees.
The local municipality-run school “Alberto Montero Barbosa” came to Regua on a beautiful sunny Autumn day. The children were delighted with the prospect of planting their first tree at Regua.
From the Visitor Centre we walked to the field opposite the nursery where Mauricio had prepared the area for planting the trees. Great joy and excitement while the the planting was taken place!
It was arranged that the children should come back at the end of the year to check on the trees’ development. The partnership between the Environmental Police, local school and Regua has proved very successful and we are hoping to engage in many other school tree planting events.