On Monday, November 20th 2023, the agronomist of MedINA, Danae Sfakianou, in collaboration with the teachers and students of the Laboratory of Special Professional Education and Training of Repanidio in Lemnos, created a small valonia oak tree nursery and an orchard on the school premises!
Being one of the most important oak species in Greece, the Valonia oak (Quercus ithaburensis subsp. macrolepis) is one of the eleven oak species found in our country. Historically, it has been a significant species for local communities, used as animal feed, with a prominent role in dyeing and tanning industries, and as a source of flour from its fruits. Today, it serves as an ideal ally in climate change adaptation efforts due to its drought tolerance.
By locating individual trees in the Repanidio plain, more than 200 acorns were collected, which were then planted in small plastic pots on the school grounds. Alongside the oak tree nursery, a small edible garden of fruit trees was created, including pomegranates, apple, and lemon trees.
The goal of the initiative is to produce more than 100 Valonia oak trees, which will be distributed to farmers and livestock breeders on the island next year, aiming to enhance hedgerow around their agricultural enterprises. Ηedgerow serve as biodiversity hotspots with significant ecological functions and economic benefits for producers and the local society.
We would like to sincerely thank all the students, teachers, and especially the agriculture teacher, Mrs. Magda Gerliotou, for their contributions to this project.
This initiative is part of the project “Conserving and enhancing agricultural biodiversity on Lemnos” funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.