Naturgy Foundation environmental volunteers remove over 320 kilos of invasive species from Mandeo-Betanzo natural habitat

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Over 100 kilos of waste were also collected during the event, organised in partnership with the Fragas do Mandeo Foundation. The Naturgy Foundation’s Environmental Volunteering Programme has just celebrated its fifth anniversary; five years during which 35 m3 of waste have been cleared from natural spaces throughout Spain and more than 3,600 plant specimens have been planted.

A dozen volunteers from Naturgy took part in an event on Sunday organised in the Mandeo-Betanzos area of special protection, during which they removed more than 320 kilos of invasive species. The initiative, which forms part of the Naturgy Foundation’s Environmental Volunteering Programme, is the second to take place in partnership with the Fragas do Mandeo Foundation to recover this natural habitat.

Made up by Naturgy employees and family members, the group engaged in work to clear various exotic invasive species: a large butterfly bush, two small pampas grass plants, 235 Crocosmia (coppertip) tubers and 321 kilos of Tradescantia (spiderwort).

The volunteers also collected 107 kilos of waste, including a bicycle, clothes, a blanket and a doormat. Mainly carried out by children, this task is one of the regular activities carried out on these environmental days to raise awareness of the need to keep our natural environments clean, especially protected areas.

Taking advantage of low tide, the people taking part in the work day also visited a colony of Woodwardia radicans, a relatively rare and protected species of fern, and discovered the natural values of this protected habitat.

The first five-year period of the Naturgy Foundation’s Environmental Volunteering Programme

In the five years of the Naturgy Foundation’s Environmental Volunteering Programme, close on 1,100 volunteers have recovered biodiversity in more than 20 natural spaces around Spain with a surface area equivalent to 13 football pitches. In this time, Naturgy employees and their families have taken part in 38 environmental flora and fauna recovery projects in protected ecosystems around Spain in partnership with 40 environmental organisations and local authorities.

The environmental recovery actions have been carried out in 21 different natural spaces, including the La Mancha Húmeda Biosphere Reserve in Castile-La Mancha; the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and the South-east Regional Park in the Region of Madrid; the Collserola Natural Park in Catalonia; the La Albufera Natural Park in the Region of Valencia; the Corredor Verde del Guadiamar Protected Landscape in Andalusia; the Betanzos-Mandeo Natural Space in Galicia; and the Montes de Valsaín in Castile-Leon.