|Rua dos Alqueves, 8, Chão Sobral, PT|
This legal association project at Chao Sobral (hamlet with 100 people) is the context for people of all ages participation in leisure, education, environmental and cultural activities. Every year the project is created and managed by local volunteers/members of the association.
The project emerges as an association with a general members assembly every year to program a set of activities to be carried out in or around the hamlet and surrounding mountain ridge natural environment.
We have the support of the local council - municipality, and are sponsored by several local businesses.
"Chão Sobral" is the name of the hamlet, our land stands on convex steep ridge slopes in central Portugal mountains - Goshawk range.
Our ancestors built many terraces during the last centuries so as to retain and grow some living soil for gardening. Though goat herding was one of the main activities.
Our Association (UPCS) activities include:
- managing the multifunctional community center,
- promoting local traditional low-input agriculture, handcrafts and selling local hand made produce, from slow-sustainable agriculture,
- local political advocacy,
- traditional food feasts,
- mountain bike tours,
- thematic walks in the mountains, night mountain hikes
- excursions to other bioregions-towns,
- planting trees,
- free internet center,
- promoting folk life stories, local traditions, books and history, open library, supporting the local brassband, local goat skin drumers band, suporting local sports,
- creating a green tree sanctuary space - forested park in the association property - inside the hamlet area. trees: cherris, apples, plums, olive, chest nut, arbutus, prunus lauroceresus, ash, lime, plain, oak, silverbirch, quince, pawlonia, abies alba (Xmas tree)
- developing a mountain (Colcurinho water shed) ethno-ecosystem information center,
- reparing and creating community public spaces like streets, water channels, yards and a belvedere,
- managing the local old primary school for people's activities (brass band rehearsals, newyears party, feasts) and children playground,
- summer holidays occupational and community service projects for local students-youth supported by the local council
One step at a time, all this activities are emerging in the recent years as we, as a mixed team of older and younger people, grow to trust and learn from each other.
Probably one thing that motivate us is the passion for our sense of place, sense of being a community on our ancestors land, that has it's difficult times, and forgives and enjoys the moments that we create together.
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Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.
the mountain bike event - from the dirt road to the table - 2014
the community get together, volunteering, bicycles, mountain landscape, good food and fun
The NEW Culture and Recreation Center IS OPEN
This building is the new multifunctional community centre, managed by association volunteers.
the mountain bike event - from the dirt road to the table
association volunteers got together to create this multi-functional event
Mountain biking event - 28 April
To get friends and family together to ride mountain bikes, have a good meal, enjoy ourselves and our beautiful landscape in Sprintime weather.
Association Action Plan for 2013
Our action plan includes all year around ongoing activities like the "social centre" and events that are a mix of leisure and social-cultural celebration
Arbutus unedo trail - Mountain Hike - 25 November
visitors, friends and family, for one day walking and learning together about our mountain watershed, native trees, specially Arbutus unedo. + local sweets and liqueurs ...
skills and dresses of our ancestors
on the 11 August, during the "Association Member Day" we dressed and grabed the tools of our ancestors and danced ... and the oxen cart
Water piped from the mountains to the hidro turbine - 1st of April
from 800 metres altitude to 600 metres ... in this workshop we want to awake the question of a community owned power generation project
The photos from the "double digging party"
Using the old technique and manual tools
Zone 0 = the community centre
This zone and physical location is the hub of social interaction in the village, volunteers rotate everyweekend to manage the "house of the people"
The mountain bike around Colcurinho Peak
The mountain bicycle ride happens once year when the mountain is ornamented with yellow flowers.
Double digging party
making the revolution with manure covered grass ...
Minga: thinning pine trees in the commons
volunteers from the community and the project got together to do some thinning in pine trees 2 ha area inside the commons land, shared lunch was next and was prepared by other project members