Thanks to the generosity of SEED's supporters, we are helping two more villages to establish their own sustainable woodlots. The first has already been planted and the second is planned for this month. The two will be in villages about 10km apart, in the same region as the woodlot that we helped to plant in 2012.
Extensive flooding that has hit the country again this winter has come as a blessing in disguise for the trees. That is because trees require a lot of water in the early months after they are planted to ensure that they become well established.
Many organisations, such as Environment Africa and the Forestry Commission, are taking advantage of the heavy rains to promote tree-planting activities. They have specifically encouraged SEED to continue with such activities as our work empowering local communities feeds into national figures for reforestation. Following a request from one of the local primary schools, SEED's Community Development Workers are also looking into the possibility of partnering with schools in the area.
These woodlots have received an overwhelmingly positive response as people really see the need for reforestation schemes. The new trees soon provide local families with a sustainable source of income, firewood, building material, fruit and seeds. They also offer shade and help to improve soil quality, drainage and the local environment. Thank you to everyone who donated to our ongoing Trees For Life campaign!
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