Olive Co-operative's Trees For Life programme
Olive Co-operative has developed, in partnership with the Palestine Fair Trade Association and Zaytoun, the Trees for Life programme. This offers the public the opportunity to sponsor the planting of olive trees in Palestine.
The new trees offset the destruction wrought in Palestinian olive groves by the Israeli army and settlers. Settlement and settlement road building and the construction of the Separation Wall have seen hundreds of thousands of trees bulldozed and cut down. According to the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem over 500,000 olive trees have been destroyed since 2000. Each new tree sponsored represents a long-term source of income for Palestinian families, who have been harvesting olive oil, fruit and wood for generations(http://www.olivecoop.com/trees.html