Formed in 2006, EcoAlgarve was created as an entity with no specific objective other than to reform and restore a series of buildings and land in the Algarve region of Portugal with minimal impact on the environment. Formerly a builders yard in a rural setting, the task of reinstating the landscape and upgrading the buildings was a far greater task than anticipated, especially with regard to the transformation of many tons of building materials dumped on the land into a series of gardens both productive and ornamental.
Years later during the transformation process, the realisation came that the site could be put to good use as a centre for sustainable activities and the CdC Project was born. CdC is an acronym for Cerro da Cruz, the name of the local area and is used as a working title for the restoration and development of the site.
Plans are now underway to form an official cultural association under which a wide range of activities can be performed, all with the common thread of sustainability. The main focus will be on education with various group activities such as repair workshops, gardening and landscaping courses, culinary activities and social groups to name just a few. These activities will take place in our converted warehouse, terraces and gardens, which can be configured for multiple small groups or larger events hosting up to 200 people.
Over the past 8 years the project has progressed with the help of many volunteers who have exchanged their time and effort for food and accomodation and the chance to learn new skills. The project has also benefited from generous donations from private individuals with a keen interest in sustainability and the future of our planet.
Fast forward to 2020….
This year we are hoping to open our doors to the public and commence activities, starting with a cafe and smaller groups and while we are still interested to hear from people who can help finalise Phase 1 of the project with skills such as gardening, and landscaping, building development and maintenance, we would be particularly interested to hear from people who might consider a longer term position as we steer our way towards the goals of blending fun activities with a sustainable environmental twist.
Thank you for taking the time to read this story, we would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested to participate in the project or activities.