Created in 2018, the objectives of this project are:
- Orchard creation for fruit production (apple, pear)
Trees for timber production and furniture creation
New income generation
Hedgerows as parcels delimitation
Shade for animals
“At first, I didn’t believe people will come and provide funds to plant trees. I was really surprised about this program but I’m really grateful.” – Mihail Armanidis
Ecovillages are a growing phenomenon in Russia – working professionals are leaving the city to move to the countryside to live in harmony with nature.
Milenki, located in the Kaluga region, 4 hours drive west of Moscow, is an eco-village created 30 years ago on the bank of the Ougra river. 90 families are now living in the ecovillage, each family owns in average 1 ha of land and some community areas are managed by everyone.
People from Milenki are mostly educated families who decided to leave their busy city life. Parents consider Milenki as a safe and healthy place to raise their children. Not all the families live all year round in the eco-village as some of them choose to winter in cities for more comfort.
Farming in Milenki is small scale with gardens, orchards and small size cattle. From their land, villagers produce vegetables, fruits, nuts, goat milk and cheese, honey, tea, eggs…
Since 2018, PUR Projet is developing a project in Milenki eco village. The main objectives are:
- Support the villagers by generating new incomes through tree planting projects.
- Create diverse edible forests with a minimum of 15 different species planted per site.
- Provide a secure food source to the villagers
- Creating habitats for birds and small mammals thereby effectively restoring lost biodiversity.
The seedlings will be reared in a local nursery by the villagers themselves, providing an additional revenue stream to the village. The tree species will be selected for their historic presence in the area and their suitability to the local environment. The trees planted as part of this project are essential for the eco-villagers to sustainability live off their land, in harmony with the environment and the people around them.
Agroforestry and reforestation
Achievements585 planted trees
supply chainFruits and Vegetables
- Apple Tree (Malus domestica)
- Pear tree (Pyrus communis)
- Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera)
- Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
- Russian Larch (Larix siribica)
- Field Maple (Acer campestre)
- Sweetberry Honeysuckle (Lonicera caerula)
- Northern White-cedar (Thuja occidentalis)