As part of celebrations to mark last month's National Tree Planting Day, SEED partnered with the City of Harare to help convert Greengrove Recreational Park into a Bird Sanctuary.

Tree saplings
Tree saplings donated by SEED to the City of Harare ready to be planted

As a result of the decline in Zimbabwe's economy, the 22-acre park had been neglected and had become a site of illegal dumping. Beautiful trees that once stood in the park were cut down by people desperately seeking firewood. Furthermore, as a consequence of urban agriculture, a small dam silted up and the dam wall began to collapse.

Despite this, the park remains a refuge for a variety of threatened bird species*, including the marabou stork, which migrates from as far as Egypt. So the City is seeking to regenerate the area and convert it into a bird sanctuary.

SEED joined representatives from Greendale including a local Councillor, BirdLife Zimbabwe and a local soccer team to plant various types of trees, particularly indigenous ones that attract birds, including Arcacia, Jacaranda, and Marula trees. Other organisations donated cement to help repair damage to the dam.

Speaking of the project, SEED's Senior Community Development Worker, Robert Kazunga said, "We are more than excited to contribute towards making a lasting change in the community we have worked in for years. It was a wonderful day and we look forward to the continuation of the idea to 'green Greendale'."

* Other vulnerable species include the Maccoa Duck, Secretary Bird, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Bateleur, Wattled Crane, Grey Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard, Denham's Bustard, African Skimmer, Grey-headed Parrot, Lilian's Lovebird, Southern Ground-hornbill and Blue Swallow.

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