24 Mar, 2022

Armenia Tree Project’s Spring Planting Preparations

ATP Nursery and CTP staff visit The Heroes Rehabilitation City, in Proshyan Village, Kotayk Armenia

With the planting season to start in a few weeks, our Community Tree Planting (CTP) team has been evaluating many sites in advance. One of our most visible programs, CTP distributes fruit and decorative trees each year to urban and rural communities throughout Armenia, and works with the local population to nurture those trees which bring multiple benefits in the future.

Each year, we add approximately 50 to 100 new sites to our community tree-planting program. Some locations approach ATP for trees, but most locations are from our initiative to provide trees to border villages or communities that would benefit from the environmental and economic investment of our trees. Since the beginning of this program, ATP has planted trees at 1,400 sites throughout Armenia and Artsakh. These trees are grown in our own nurseries in the villages of Karin, Khachpar, Chiva, and Margahovit, which provide 53 varieties of indigenous fruit and decorative trees.

Our team evaluates six criteria before trees are distributed for planting, to ensure the trees are cared for and positioned for long-term survival. Our criteria include human factor, fencing and security, soil composition, water irrigation, community land and climate zone. The team investigates potential sites in every region of Armenia and Artsakh.

Sites are monitored regularly to ensure the highest rates of survival and to provide technical assistance to   families or institutions that receive trees. More than 10,000,000 pounds of fruit have been harvested from ATP’s trees to improve food security at public institutions and in rural villages.

This spring approximately 20,000 to 23,000 trees will be distributed. Among the new sites we are adding are the Heroes Rehabilitation City, in Proshyan village, Kotayk region and the Great Light CEF Camp Center near Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik region.

The Heroes Rehabilitation City is currently under construction. Their mission is to provide psychological, and social care, as well as offer therapy for the soldier's families. Their objective is to rehab and treat soldiers with disabilities (including PTSD) help to re-integrate them into society and promote their independence. 

Our nursery and CTP teams assessed the area and the various features of the landscape, proposing a list of varieties of trees and shrubs. The entire Soldier’s rehabilitation operation is designed with great care and great respect for the well-being of the soldiers and their families. The campus is still under construction, so planting will be over three seasons, this spring trees will be distributed in containers, and additional trees distributed in the fall and next spring. 

The Great Light CEF camp near Sevan Lake serves youth and teens from every region of Armenia, including Artsakh, as well as special effort to include the displaced Artsakh children living throughout Armenia. The camp offers 8 week-long sessions, each session welcomes 45-50 youth and teens.

The camp is underwritten by The Christian Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), allowing all the children to attend without charge.

Children come from different churches, and organizations, as well as those not connected with any church are all welcome. All social groups regardless of financial situation, including children of fallen soldiers, orphans, refugees, and domestic violence survivors participate.

In addition to these two examples, many other institutions and communities will also receive trees this spring. Plus, ATP expects to plant a record-breaking 400,000 trees this spring!

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Armenia Tree Project, established in 1994, is a non-profit organization that revitalizes Armenia’s and Artsakh’s most vulnerable communities through tree-planting initiatives, and provides socio-economic support and growth. It is based in Yerevan, Armenia and has an office in Woburn, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit ArmeniaTree.org