A series of destructive wildfires hit central Portugal during 2017. The fire that broke out in October of that same year in the famous and much loved Pinhal de Leiria was devastating. These trees in the Lagoa da Ervedeira area, given the us hope for tomorrow. Many good people took action. We will need to be patient. but he will come back. Thank you to everyone who does their part every day for its reconstruction.
"Pinhal de Leiria, also known as Pinhal do Rei (the King's Pine-Forest). This forest of maritime pine-trees was planted in the 13th century by D. Afonso III and later enlarged by his son D. Dinis.
Initially intended to hold back the coastal sand which was beginning to invade the fields where crops were planted, the forest gradually began to supply the wood needed for building the carracks and caravels used in the Portuguese maritime discoveries. Together, both the pine-forest and the sands of the Atlantic beaches were fundamental in establishing the region's crucial position within Portugal's metallurgical and glass industries."