The Urban, Non-Profit Society “Community of Trees” wishes to create a forest park in Patmos (at Koumas Mountain), consisting mainly of endemic trees. The intention is to create the appropriate conditions for the creation of an autonomous local ecosystem with multiple benefits both for the environment itself and for the inhabitants of the island.
We chose the “Kouma Mountain” for the following reasons:
It is located in an ideal, central point of the island, between two major settlements (Skala – Kampos). It is accessible from a provincial road and can be directly served by infrastructure that will be necessary, especially during the first steps of the creation of the ecosystem (water – electricity – accessibility).
It belongs entirely to the Municipality of Patmos, which guarantees the ownership status.
As its name implies, it is a whole mountain (a hill if we wish to be literally) which allows us to create individual planting zones according to the orientation, the sunlight and the winds.
In the “Kouma Mountain” there is an old stone quarry which – in the prospect of its restoration – is offered for the creation of a simple open-air amphitheater. This enables us to combine the environmental and the cultural development of the island.
Τhis project envisions to a “chain reaction” of several benefits that one by one seem minor at this stage but, all together combined will eventually prove that a project like this, is the most beautiful gift that our generation can offer to the next ones. We are indicatively refer to some of these benefits:
Trees produce oxygen and purify the air
Trees retain the soil the water the humidity favoring the growth of the forest,
the existing terraces that will be restored will further retain the water and the soil
An ecosystem will be created, birds, bees, small animals will inhabit the forest
The park will offer an ideal place for musing and relaxation upgrading the quality of life on the island during all seasons
Forest products (fruits, honey etc) may offer a kick to the local economy
Tourism will be attracted
National or European Funds that will be absorbed for the accomplishment of this project will offer jobs to the local population
Environmental awareness will be promoted