150 Scouts and other volunteers planted more than 3000 tree seedlings over the weekend of 7–8 November, on the slopes of Mosor in the Split settlement of Sitno Gornje, and at the same time proudly marked the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the city of Split, Croatia.
The tree planting is part of the groundbreaking Boranka project to reforest fire-damaged areas in Dalmatia, and this drive, the twentieth since the project launched 2 years ago, was organised by the Croatian Scout Association in cooperation with the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) and the state-owned Hrvatske Šume forest management company.
“We decided to mark our great anniversary, the centenary of the work of Split scouts, by working. As Split scouts are also one of the oldest volunteer organisations in Split, it is great that we can spend this anniversary volunteering with Boranka – the largest volunteer afforestation campaign in Europe,” said Ivana Jarebica, head of the Split Scout Association.
In addition to Scouts from Split, HGSS volunteers, students and teachers from the Faculty of Kinesiology in Split, members of two local mountaineering clubs, about 15 Americans and Australians living in Croatia and members of the public took part in the action.
To date, the Boranka campaign has involved more than 6300 volunteers who have planted more than 65,000 trees in fire-struck areas in Dalmatia over the last two years. It has become the most awarded non-profit campaign in Croatian history, winning numerous national and international awards. Be inspired by the Boranka video here.
Photo credit: Savez izvidaca Hrvatske