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    Weʼve raised £2,900 to reforest land in the Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest

    REGUA, Brazil
    Funded on Thursday, 6th January 2022

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    Earlier this year, we were very excited to fulfill a dream of ours-to purchase 7.5 acres of highly threatened Atlantic Forest in Brazil's Serra dos Órgãos mountains. We have donated our small plot to Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), a NGO in Rio state that some will know we have been part of since 2006.

    The plot includes existing rainforest on the side of a small valley, as well as degraded land that we want to reforest with native Atlantic Forest trees. As you can see from the photo, much of the land has been deforested and where there should be lush rainforest there is dry shrub and a tough dense grass that stops any salpings from taking hold. The drone image below shows the plot and the red area to be reforested.

    With REGUA's help, we can plant at least 2,000 trees on this site and restore the rainforest that once stood here. We would love it if you could help us achieve this.

    Reforestation at REGUA

    The REGUA nursery produces up to 70,000 saplings a year for reforestation, of up to 180 native tree species. Seeds for reforestation are sourced directly from the existing forest on the reserve, collected by REGUA rangers and nursery staff. The seeds are germinated and grown in REGUA's nursery where they develop into saplings before being planted out in a previously cleared area of land as shown in the video below.

    With the saplings cared for after planting, REGUA has achieved an impressive sapling survival rate of 95 per cent. Growth rates of pioneer tree species can be an incredible 1.5-2 metres a year! These images from REGUA illustrate just how much reforested areas can grow in just a few months.

    You can read about REGUA's reforestation programme, and REGUA's head of nursery, Mauricio Noqueira, here.

    Your donation

    A £10 donation will buy 3 trees at £2.91 per tree plus a small amount towards maintenance and care until the trees are established. All donations are very gratefully received.

    Thank you, Rachel and Lee.



    • Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain17 days ago
      Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

      Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

      17 days ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We are delighted to announce that we have reached our target to plant 2,000 native trees on our plot of land at REGUA in Brazil's Atlantic Forest. With help from all our donors we will now be able to reforest 2.5 acres of the plot that we bought and donated to REGUA last year that was formerly rainforest but cleared years ago to make way for pasture. A really huge thanks to everybody who has donated and also to those who have shared our campaign on social media. We will be posting updates on the reforestation as it progresses. Rachel and Lee

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    • Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain1 month ago
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      Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

      1 month ago

      We now have Christmas donation gift certicates available on request. If you would like a certicate emailed to you for you to forward or print and post to somepne you have made a donation for, please drop us a line at, giving your name, recipient's name, the donation amount, and your email address. Many thanks, Rachel and Lee

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    • Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain3 months ago
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      Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

      3 months ago

      Here's a quick update from Nicholas Locke at REGUA, giving a first look at the land that we will be reforesting. Before any saplings can be planted the ground needs to be prepared. In Brazil, a species of grass, Brazilian Satintail, encouraged by farmers on land cleared for pasture, grows as such density it prevents or severely hinders the growth of any saplings, so it is essential the grass is removed. REGUA has started this on our plot (see video). The grass has been strimmed and the cuttings will be collected and used locally in manure.

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    Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

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    REGUA, Brazil

    We are involved in a rainforest project REGUA and recently bought an area of land, which will be incorporated into the reserve. We want your help to reforest our land by purchasing some native trees. The trees will be planted by staff at REGUA in the next few months.

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