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Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain is crowdfunding

70%
£2,058
raised of £2,900 target by 57 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,900 to reforest land in the Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest.

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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 non-native 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.

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

    Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

    1 month 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 Dingain1 month ago
    Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

    Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

    1 month ago

    Due to overwhelming support and generosity, we have decided to increase our target to £2,900, which will allow us to plant even more native trees and reforest much more of the plot. We would both like to express our sincere thanks for everyone who has donated and we shall keep you updated on the progress of the reforestation over the following months. Rachel and Lee

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

    Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

    1 month ago

    Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. we are overwhelmed by your generosity. We are 84% towards our target already!!

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2 months ago

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Page last updated on: 11/19/2021 22.23

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  • Johnny & Jess

    Johnny & Jess

    Nov 19, 2021

    Such an amazing project, we are super happy to help :) here's hoping we can come out there and see the trees one day! Maybe with a little one too?! Well done guys!! Xxx

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2021

    £20.00

  • Tom Gibson

    Tom Gibson

    Nov 13, 2021

    £30.00

  • Helen & Jaffa

    Helen & Jaffa

    Nov 12, 2021

    Well done both!

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 9, 2021

    £25.00

  • Donald Prance

    Donald Prance

    Nov 7, 2021

    So inspiring

    £15.00

  • Louisa Hyde

    Louisa Hyde

    Nov 6, 2021

    Brilliant work xx

    £10.00

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Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

Rachel Walls & Lee Dingain

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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