Tree nurseries have been set up at Kombe and Alara, with more planned for other communities. The Grevellia tree grows quickly, tall and straight, producing timber that can be used or sold in just a few years, when more trees can be planted to replace them. They have nitrogen fixing bacteria on their roots which increase soil fertility, so they are ideal for planting around fields. Planting fruit trees such as orange, papaya, mango and banana provides food and an income.
The trees that are planted to provide fuel, timber and food also store carbon as they grow. The exact amount of carbon stored depends on how long they are left to grow and whether replanted after felling. Our tree planting schemes are long-term with an increasing mass of standing timber. £10 spent on tree planting will result in an average of one tonne of carbon being stored per year over a 10 year period.
Tree nurseries have been set up at Kombe and Alara, with more planned for other communities. The women at Alara have managed to plant 40,000 seedlings in little under 3 months
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- £10 will buy a jemba (spade) and a panga (machete)for site clearance and planting
- £10 will pay for 100 tree seedling