Festa da Floresta

Benfeita, May 1st 2017
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Festa da Floresta is a celebration of the richness of native Portuguese forests and an opportunity for local people to come together to talk about how we want our forests to look now and in the future. It is a community organised event to raise awareness of the unrealised potential of returning local land to native broadleaf woodland.
Biodiverse forest is an inherently beautiful living ecosystem, a rich habitat for native plants, wildlife and wild foods and a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy to spend time. Unlike pine and eucalyptus monocultures native chestnut forest is naturally resistant to forest fires. And importantly this type of forest can be a potential source of income for local people through tourism, timber and sustainable local woodcraft and products including honey and furniture.
At the Festa da Floresta, you will find: talks and workshops on a range of topics connected to reforestation, sustainable woodland management and biodiversity; a market of local craftspeople working with wood and natural forest products; and lively discussion amongst local residents. There will be displays by local children and entertainment and food in the evening. The 'Forest Dinner' costs €8 adult €5 children and include main course and dessert.

Please book your dinner in advance by calling Laura 961 480 954!

We hope to share information and knowledge, and together work towards transforming pine and eucalyptus plantations and unused land into beautiful woodland we can all enjoy. We believe that the Forest can be an important part of our community life and provide a wealth of beauty and natural resources for our local economy and ongoing wellbeing.

If you want to have a free stall at the Festa da Floresta market or would like more information or to be involved in any way, please contact:  p@premasagar.com.

Festa da Floresta Programme 1st May 2017

11 00 - 17 00 Forest Market and Children's Activities in the Largo de Areal, Benfeita

10 30 Official opening
with Camara Arganil and Marko & Laura Maitz, Awakened Forest Project 
Largo de Areal, Benfeita
11 00 - 17 00  Forest Market 
including food and drinks stalls and live woodworking demonstrations
Largo de Areal, Benfeita
11 00 - 17 00 Childrens activities
including shadow puppets show between 12 and 2pm 
Largo de Areal, Benfeita
17 00 The Pardieiros Drummer and Afro-beats - Fusion
Meet Largo de Areal, Benfeita

11 00 - 19 00 Talks and discussions in the Liga De Melhoramentos, Benfeita

11 00 – 12 00  
What is the Festa da Floresta? Presentation and discussion with Marko and Laura Maitz, Awakened Forest Project
14 00 – 15 00 Bees and Forests
Harald Hafnar, Master Beekeeper and Beekeeping Instructor
15 00 – 16 00 Forest diversity
Frank Scherer
16 00 – 17 00 Silviculture, Multiple use and Sustainiblity
Professor João P. F. Carvalho Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
17 30  Filme 'En todos as Mans’ followed by  
Presentation and discussion with Rita Serra Universidade de Coimbra
Liga De Melhoramentos, Benfeita
19 30 ‘Forest Dinner Liga De Melhoramentos, Benfeita
Main course and dessert €8.00 /5.00
all profits to Amigos da Floresta
Please book in advance call 961 480 954
21 00 Entertainment! Liga De Melhoramentos, Benfeita
Kids forest beats band drum story 
Introduction of Amigos da Floresta 
Band 'The Mad Farmers' 


Benfeita, May 1st 2017
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