In the autumn of 2011, Ellatzite-Med AD and Geotechmin OOD launched a three-year programme “Our Green Tomorrow” by investing their own financial resources. The programme includes forestation of 30 decares of municipal areas and woodlands and planting of trees in urban areas in Srednogorie region and in the towns of Etropole and Samokov.
Forestation activities include preparation of the soil, training of volunteers, selection of suitable tree species, planting and monitoring of saplings. Representatives of the investor and the concerned municipality together with a forest engineer have jointly selected the terrains for forestation and urban planting.
Nearly 10,500 saplings were planted from October 2011 to the end of May 2012. The plantations include green hedges fencing around “St. Petka” Chapel near the village of Chavdar and trees planted on the burnt-down terrains along the Cherni Vit River on the land of Etropole town and Samokov Valley. In April 2012 during the celebration of Forest Week 2012, planting of trees was carried out in the urban environments of Chavdar, Koprivshtitsa, Karlievo, Smolsko and Bunovo.
More than 200 volunteers have taken part in these activities – employees of GEOTECHMIN GROUP, mayors, representatives of municipalities and the media, students.
“Our Green Tomorrow” is part of Geotechmin OOD and Ellatzite-Med AD’s programme for corporate social responsibility. This “green” initiative has been developed with the purpose of restoring and improving the forest fund and creating green areas, which facilitate increasing air humidity and enrich the air with physiologically active substances. Furthermore, the programme helps to improve the environmental awareness of young participants and enhances the environmental responsibility of the local population.