St.Peter and Paul church in Walled Famagusta
Medieval St.Peter and Paul church in Walled Famagusta

Recent announcements/Events

  • Vikla 2015 - Inspection - what's the situation two years after the wildfire? In April 2015 after almost two years of letting nature hopefully heal itself we return for a review of the situation.  The purpose of the visit is to see what ...
    Posted 10 May 2015, 08:44 by Phivos Ioannides
  • Disaster strikes - Vikla burned in summer 2013 A fire burned our young forest in summer 2013.     This is very sad but fires are part of the equation and there is nothing that we can do realistically.  We ...
    Posted 2 Sep 2013, 23:44 by Phivos Ioannides
  • very bad news - to be presented in July We have some very bad news.  We will let you know about it next month, ie after we present what happened in 2013 before that.
    Posted 10 Jun 2013, 03:56 by Phivos Ioannides
  • Maybe nothing is impossible - The pine of Vikla Our reforestation effort continued in February 2013. We planted acorns, hawthorn and strawberry tree seeds. More on this in the coming days. In the meantime I wanted to share with ...
    Posted 31 Mar 2013, 11:05 by Phivos Ioannides
  • Major reforestation work planned for autumn 2012 - winter 2013 We plan to carry out the following tasks:1) Remove all the water piping from the plot2) Record plants using GPS3) Plant acorns4) Sow strawberry tree seeds ...
    Posted 18 Jul 2012, 01:41 by Phivos Ioannides
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Welcome to our website.  
My name is Phivos Ioannides, and I am communicating with you as the owner of the specific plot on which reforestation is taking place, and as the manager of the Reforestation Experiment.  
Vikla Reforestation Experiment is about a family Reforestation project in Paphos area, Cyprus,  at the locality of Vikla, on a hill overlooking Panayia tou Sinti church, in Xeros valley.  The area in which the plot is found has become a Natura 2000 area in 2008.

Vikla and Panayia tou Sinti church from the top of the west side of Xeros valley, March 2008 
The Vikla Reforestation Experiment came about after long contemplation.  Its ultimate success could become a model of sustainable management of non-agricultural land on the island of Cyprus and beyond.
Please feel free to explore the material on our website.  If you find the Experiment worthwhile, we would like to invite you to support it through our Adopt a Tree program

The Vikla plot (analog zoom from the top of the west side of Xeros valley, March 2008)