Geotechmin Group Planted Over 2,100 Saplings in Etropole and Srednogorie Under the “Our Green Tomorrow” Program

In October – November 2021, more than 2,100 trees and shrubs were planted under Our Green Tomorrow Programme in the towns of Etropole, Pirdop, Zlatitsa, Koprivshtitsa and in the villages of Mirkovo, Chavdar and Chelopech. For another year, representatives of the donor companies Geotechmin OOD, Ellatzite-Med AD, Geostroy AD and Geotrading AD together with local officials from the municipalities of Chavdar, Mirkovo, Chelopech, Zlatitsa, Pirdop, Koprivshtitsa and Etropole have joined the initiative supported by teachers, students and even preschool children.

In the village of Chelopech, fifth-grade students from Ss Cyril and Methodius Primary School planted 36 fruit trees with the help of their teachers and donors from GEOTECHMIN GROUP. The event took place on a specially selected site provided by the municipality to get children involved in planting and looking after the young fruit trees and the future orchard.

In the central town’s garden of Pirdop, students and teachers from Todor Vlaykov Primary School and Savo Savov Secondary School planted plane trees, lindens and ash-trees. High school students planted four plane trees, two fir-trees and a spruce to beautify their schoolyard. Municipal officials planted various coniferous and deciduous species in the town’s park and outdoor spaces in the residential neighborhoods. As a result of this initiative, 70 new saplings and 200 shrubs were successfully planted.

240 new trees were planted in various places in the town of Zlatitsa. The campaign under Our Green Tomorrow initiative was launched on Peshterata Square by planting 10 saplings of Liquidambar ˗ a deciduous tree which may live to 400 years. Furthermore, a wide variety of new trees were planted on Topolnitsa Street, the outdoor spaces between apartment blocks in the town centre, and Georgi Zlatanov Street.

In the town of Etropole, students from Hristo Yasenov Secondary School, Hristo Botev Primary School and Todor Peev Vocational High School together with their teachers and supported by the municipality and the donor companies planted 80 fruit trees and 48 decorative saplings. The tree planting activities started in Memorial Park and continued simultaneously in 10 areas across the town. At the end of the day, the municipality was beautified with more than 200 saplings and shrubs – apples, plums, pears, cherries, junk, emerald green thuja, ash trees, and maples. The students took the pledge to take care of the planted saplings.

More than 1,000 saplings and flowers were planted in various areas in the village of Chavdar. In the village of Mirkovo, the pupils from Georgi Benkovski Primary School planted six Norway maple trees and later will enjoy their wonderful shade. In addition, 200 young fruit trees were planted in Lyuben Karavelov Secondary School in the town of Koprivshtitsa. The students will take care of the saplings so they can pick their fruit later.

Our Green Tomorrow is part of the Bulgarian Virtues Charity Programme initiated by Prof. DSc. Eng. Tzolo Voutov. It is implemented with the corporate funds and joint voluntary efforts of senior management members and employees of Geotechmin OOD, Ellatzite-Med AD, Geostroy AD and Geotrading AD supported by local communities. Besides ensuring a greener environment for Etropole and Srednogorie municipalities, the initiative is educational and inclusive. In 2021, it is aimed at involving students and youngsters not only to improve their natural surroundings and biodiversity, but also to take care of the trees and spend time to grow them. In 2020, over 1,100 trees and shrubs as well as hundreds of flowers were planted in the seven municipalities under Our Green Tomorrow Programme.