For the past four years we have been planting trees in schools, hard wood tress, rapid growth trees, fruit trees, mostly indigenous (except fruit trees) all protected in school woodlots.
Our passion for trees is fueled by the rapid deforestation happening around us, with communities so reliant on firewood and wood for construction. Our Changu Changu Moto campaign has now installed over 300 efficient clay ovens, with households now using 1/3 of the firewood.
However, with Malawian forests being stripped at a rate of 3% per year, school woodlots are not going to get the extent of trees back that the area needs. This season thousands of seeds have been germinated and cared for by our in-house nursery team, who have then taken great pride in assisting local schools and communities to plant. Over the coming months and years we will continue to work with these communities to monitor and care for their young trees.
Since 2015 we have been looking at the possibility of facilitating management plans and bylaws. We are currently working with the government forestry department, communities, committees and chiefs, to support them in protecting their forests. This is an exciting time and a real test of community determination to see visible change over Malawi’s river banks and mountains…