With the help of cocoons, 5,000 holm oaks are being planted at this iconic places in the AlVelAl territory

Since November, the second restoration phase has been develop in La Solana de La Muela (Vélez Blanco). A second phase of the plantation that was postponed in order to avoid that the use of heavy machinery used in the clearing of the reforestation pine forest that borders the Solana de la Muela, could damage the plants that were used.

During this second phase, in which 5,000 holm oaks will be planted, 620 will be planted using devices to insure survival called Cocoons, more than 3,000 of the 5,000 holm oaks planned have already been planted and a third of these biodegradable devices have been fill to help the plants survive in extreme climates, thanks to the collaboration of the local population by giving away the use of the necessary water.

Despite the difficulty of the plantation because of the orography of La Muela, we must thank the workers for their involvement with the project and for the care and affection that they are carrying out in the work of this plantation.

Restoration of La Muela

This is the second phase of the restoration project of La Solana de La Muela consisting of reforestation with native species resistant to drought and authoctonous of this area such as Carrasco Pines (Pinus halepensis), Sabina mora (Juniperus phoenicea), common Juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus), oaks (Quercus rotundifolia), Coscoja (Quercus coccifera) and Black Hawthorn (Rhamnus lycioides).

This action aims to improve plant biodiversity, increasing the resilience of the forest mass, attracting pollinators, birds and other species, and through new technologies and technomaterials help upgrade soil infiltration and survival of the seedlings used.

A proposal with a multidisciplinary approach, based on a circular economy to optimize the resources of the territory, and which involves the local population.

Public-Private Collaboration

This project is being possible thanks to the collaboration of public and private entities such as Fundación Wates, Commonland, Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez, Ecosia and the Consejería de Medioambiente y Ordenación del territorio de la Junta de Andalucía.

In the same way, the local population has been involved through the IES José Marín (Vélez Rubio), with the participation of students from the formative cycles of Forest and Natural Environment Management and Use and Conservation of the Natural Environment; and volunteers from the La Junquera Ecosystem Restoration Camp.