Environmental Education Center
Located in the ancient Casa dos Caseiros or Casa Velha da Quinta, the Environmental Education Center has the following functions: interpretation center of what it could be seen in the forest paths and in the rest of horticulture garden's space; library/life library, space for exhibitions and it will also be used as an auditorium for documentary projections/training courses and other pedagogical or playful activities.
Horticulture Gardens is an area of QEM developed in two aspects: pedagogical horticulture garden, also known as mandala horticulture garden, which elevated beds/quarries structure allows the visit and interaction with the cultivated species in an accessible way for everyone, including weelchair visitors. This horticulture garden, as well as the other ones, are cultivated with the biological and biodinamic agriculture principles.
The second one is destinated to family horticulture garden and communal horticulture garden, where people that ask for it can cultivate plots around 60 m2 big with previously stablished conditions. People that cultivate these plots receive biological and biodinamic agriculture training courses. Communal horticulture garden is managed by a small group of farmers developing a spirit of share and team around the horticulture garden.
Throught a partnership with Abelha Azul and Timberbee, a pedagogical apiary was created in order to train and make aware about the importance of bees and pollinator insects in our diet, as well as to produce honey in QEM.
This is the big space in our horticulture garden, with around 15 ha of a glade with corks, oaks, chestnuts, pines, arbutus, eucalyptus, hawthorns and fluvial vegettion with poplars, alders and willows, and a considerable diversity of ferns. In this forest there are various streaming trenchs of springs and rains, and also a small permanent riverbank that feeds some puddles, a font and a tank for cleaning of around 200 years old. Mill's remains say that these also could have been moved thanks to the trenchs there.
In this horticulture garden we can find different environments, arid and wet zones, which confer in a relatively big diversity of flora and fauna species. This horticulture garden assumes particular impostance as a shelter for different mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. We emphasize the existence of at least three regional iberic inventories until nowadays: the water lizard, the newt and the pointed-nose frog.
Is here where nature classes are developed and other outdoors activities, as well as interpretative paths, or just used as pedestrian precursor.
A Park Snack was created in orther to embrace visitors and make possible to eat in the nature. The park is located in the riverside, aside our horticulture gardens, where under the shadow of the willows and the sound of the stream, everything has another taste.