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Uniao Progressiva Chao Sobral
Uniao Progressiva Chao Sobral
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Rua dos Alqueves, 8, Chão Sobral, PT
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

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Uniao Progressiva Chao Sobral

Project Type

Rural, Community, Educational, Legal

Project Summary

This legal association project at Chao Sobral (hamlet with 100 people) is the context for people of all ages participation in leisure, education, environmental and cultural activities. Every year the project is created and managed by local volunteers/members of the association.

Project Description

The project emerges as an association with a general members assembly every year to program a set of activities to be carried out in or around the hamlet and surrounding mountain ridge natural environment.

We have the support of the local council - municipality, and are sponsored by several local businesses.

"Chão Sobral" is the name of the hamlet, our land stands on convex steep ridge slopes in central Portugal mountains - Goshawk range.

Our ancestors built many terraces during the last centuries so as to retain and grow some living soil for gardening. Though goat herding was one of the main activities. 

Our Association (UPCS) activities include:

- managing the multifunctional community center,

- promoting local traditional low-input agriculture, handcrafts and selling local hand made produce, from slow-sustainable agriculture,

- local political advocacy,

- traditional food feasts,

- mountain bike tours,

- thematic walks in the mountains, night mountain hikes

- excursions to other bioregions-towns,

- planting trees, 

- free internet center,

- promoting folk life stories, local traditions, books and history, open library, supporting the local brassband, local goat skin drumers band, suporting local sports,

- creating a green tree sanctuary space - forested park in the association property - inside the hamlet area. trees: cherris, apples, plums, olive, chest nut, arbutus, prunus lauroceresus, ash, lime, plain, oak, silverbirch, quince, pawlonia, abies alba (Xmas tree)

- developing a mountain (Colcurinho water shed) ethno-ecosystem information center,

- reparing and creating community public spaces like streets, water channels, yards and a belvedere,

- managing the local old primary school for people's activities (brass band rehearsals, newyears party, feasts) and children playground,

- summer holidays occupational and community service projects for local students-youth supported by the local council

One step at a time, all this activities are emerging in the recent years as we, as a mixed team of older and younger people, grow to trust and learn from each other.

Probably one thing that motivate us is the passion for our sense of place, sense of being a community on our ancestors land, that has it's difficult times, and forgives and enjoys the moments that we create together.




the mountain bike event - from the dirt road to the table - 2014

the community get together, volunteering, bicycles, mountain landscape, good food and fun

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

The NEW Culture and Recreation Center IS OPEN

This building is the new multifunctional community centre, managed by association volunteers.

Posted over 10 years ago (0 comments)

the mountain bike event - from the dirt road to the table

association volunteers got together to create this multi-functional event

Posted about 11 years ago (0 comments)

Mountain biking event - 28 April

To get friends and family together to ride mountain bikes, have a good meal, enjoy ourselves and our beautiful landscape in Sprintime weather.

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

Association Action Plan for 2013

Our action plan includes all year around ongoing activities like the "social centre" and events that are a mix of leisure and social-cultural celebration

Posted over 11 years ago (0 comments)

Arbutus unedo trail - Mountain Hike - 25 November

visitors, friends and family, for one day walking and learning together about our mountain watershed, native trees, specially Arbutus unedo. + local sweets and liqueurs ...

Posted almost 12 years ago (0 comments)

skills and dresses of our ancestors

on the 11 August, during the "Association Member Day" we dressed and grabed the tools of our ancestors and danced ... and the oxen cart

Posted almost 12 years ago (1 comments)

Water piped from the mountains to the hidro turbine - 1st of April

from 800 metres altitude to 600 metres ... in this workshop we want to awake the question of a community owned power generation project

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

The photos from the "double digging party"

Using the old technique and manual tools

Posted almost 13 years ago (0 comments)

Zone 0 = the community centre

This zone and physical location is the hub of social interaction in the village, volunteers rotate everyweekend to manage the "house of the people"

Posted almost 13 years ago (0 comments)

The mountain bike around Colcurinho Peak

The mountain bicycle ride happens once year when the mountain is ornamented with yellow flowers.

Posted about 13 years ago (1 comments)

Double digging party

making the revolution with manure covered grass ...

Posted about 13 years ago (0 comments)

Minga: thinning pine trees in the commons

volunteers from the community and the project got together to do some thinning in pine trees 2 ha area inside the commons land, shared lunch was next and was prepared by other project members

Posted over 13 years ago (0 comments)
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