Trees & Materials for Wolfgang

The fires in June destroyed Wolfgang's home that he hand-built 36 years ago.

Please help us buy trees and materials for Wolfgang to replace some of what was burned.

Let's help him regenerate the land and bring Wolfgang and wildlife  back to the area!

Below is Wolfgang's story written by Glennie Jonathans, who came to Portugal with Wolfgang and their then little daughter....

In May 1984, Wolfgang Mienert drove his big old truck from Munich to Portugal to settle with his small family in the Western Algarve on 8.5 hectares of wild land. The old mud walled house on the property had no roof but 200 goats housed inside. The shepherd milked them every day.

It was to become Wolfgang´s “Monte d´esteveira” originally with cork trees, acacia, eucalyptus and a white sea of sticky bush flowers. Wolfgang was a tour guide in and outside Portugal, always coming back home to his paradise.

For over 35 years he worked on the land, clearing and planting over 3000 trees. Building and rebuilding the old farm house was also his passion, doing most of the construction alone and by hand.

Daughter Indah had horses and there were many dogs and cats. She even went to school by donkey or bicycle, with her grandfather (who often visited from Amsterdam) accompanying her.

Over the 35 years Wolfgang´s home survived various fires and burglaries but on Friday the 19th of June thousands of trees and other plants burned down and Wolfgang´s legal House was completely destroyed. As for Glennie´s wooden Reiki hut and a friend´s caravan, only ashes remained.

Grandson Jonathan and his friends also lost their adventure paradise playground.
Jonathan´s father had worked a lot the year before to clear the land according to law but to no avail.

We are deeply saddened by Wolfgang's loss. The fire came from 3 sides towards his home but luckily the road was clear and he was able to get out safely as the fire burned around him. Wolfgang drove through the fire and luckily, he and all the other fire victims made it out alive.

And so there remains much to be thankful for.

The cleaning and clearing can start.

Nature is strong and after the winter, spring flowers and plants will be abundant again.

Housing can be modestly constructed and the hearts will heal.

All donations will go directly to Wolfgang.


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