Following our pro bono work in the area affected by the major 2017 June wildfires in Pedrógão Grande, we developed this project for a rural tourism and camping quinta in the area of Figueiró dos Vinhos.

This quinta, which has been recently highlighted, is dedicated to rural tourism and camping and features chestnut, oak, and olive trees that have proven to be effective in preventing forest fires, unlike eucalyptus and pine monocultures.

The project was developed based on a military map rather than a topographical survey, which limits the possibility of detailed design. The documents below serve as guidelines to help the owners make decisions regarding the next steps to take on the property before the rains, which can cause erosion and even landslides.

The focus of this project was on zoning the different possibilities for production (zones 2 and 3), forest management (zone 4), and forest protection (zone 5), based on a landscape hydration framework.

The temporary interconnected ponds, articulated by a network of contour terraces, make it possible to increase the cultivation area and even create a fire-fighting system if we add some cisterns in the high zones.

At the moment, the owners are preparing to intervene, and they are waiting for the guidelines we are sharing now.

Here are a set of files that provide an overview of what can and should be done, both in terms of post-fire interventions and creating a permanent structure that mitigates erosion and prepares the land for planting.