(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
"This was the first time we planted trees in Israel, and it was magnifique." Sandrine, who was visiting Israel with her husband Philippe and their daughters, was at the KKL-JNF Tree Planting Center in Nachshon Forest on Wednesday, August 7, as part of a day in nature organized by KKL France for French speaking tourists and Olim in Israel. The group, which was comprised of over 200 French tourists and immigrants, began the day at Ayalon Canada Park, continued with a ride in safari trucks on Burma Road, and arrived at Nachshon Forest for tree planting around noon.
Nachshon Forest spreads out over an area where there are agricultural fields in the valleys and trees can be planted on the rocky hills surrounding them. The KKL-JNF Tree Planting Center is operational fot tourists all year long, and both conifers and also broad-leafed trees are planted here. During the hot summer months, the new saplings are watered to enable them to survive until Israel's rainy season begins.
Sarah, a journalist from France who immigrated to Israel two and a half years ago, was on the tour with Shlomi, a native Israeli. "My father joins a KKL-JNF mission every year, and he recommended this trip to me," Sarah said. "There are good people here who love Israel, and if they didn't know much about KKL-JNF before the trip, they know a lot more about the organization now."
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