Urban Hillside Revegetation in Bahía de Caráquez

Over the course of four days in February, more than 60 native fruit trees were planted on a hillside in Bahía de Caráquez. The site is located on a hill above the beach promenade which faces the Pacific Ocean. Planet Drum is collaborating with two local residents (Benigno and Ester), who maintain small gardens there and have committed to watering and caring for the trees. Various native fruit species, such as Mango, Guayaba, Chirimoya, Mandarin, Orange, and Guava were used in the planting.

Volunteer Anthony planting a native fruit tree. Photo by Margarita Avila.
Benigno, Margarita, and Lucy plant native fruit trees on a hillside in Bahía. Photo by Clay Plager-Unger.
Tree planting in Bahía on a hillside overlooking the ocean. Photo by Clay Plager-Unger.
Planet Drum volunteers Laura (foreground) and Lucy planting trees. Photo by Clay Plager-Unger.
Ester from the San Roque neighborhood splits bamboo to make stakes for marking the trees we planted. She will care for the trees, which were planted next to an area that she is already using as a garden. Photo by Clay Plager-Unger.

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