A MIDDLE-AGED blind man, Jia Haixia, and his close friend and companion, Jia Wenqi, a double amputee with no arms, have spent the past 12 years transforming the countryside around their village … by planting thousands of trees.
As if British ash trees did not have enough to contend with, they are now threatened by a wood-boring beetle from Asia which experts fear could be even more devastating than ash dieback. The emerald ash borer, which can kill trees in two to three years, is spreading fast through North America and Russia. The…
The majestic elm tree, once a quintessential part of the British countryside, is beginning to make a comeback thanks to a new project supported by ITF. Elm trees were all but wiped out by Dutch elm disease in the 1960s and 1970s. Now ITF partner the Conservation Foundation is planting saplings in Sussex propagated from…
Andy Egan’s World Forestry Congress Blog
On Sunday I attended the last part of the pre World Forestry Congress (WFC) event on community based forestry organised under the banner of the Forest Farm Facility. One might have expected with this being the first ever WFC held on the African continent that the room would have been full of community-based organisations (CBOs) from across Africa.
When I last visited Nkhata Bay North, Malawi in September 2014, I was working with Temwa staff on community consultations. We were developing a project proposal to be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund. Now, 11 months later, it is exciting to return with the proposal having been approved, the grant awarded and the project up and running.
And yes, the Nkhata Bay Natural Way project really has hit the ground running.
Regardless of where you’re growing up, in the UK, Kenya or Lebanon, trees are equally important to your daily life. But how often do kids have the chance to get out into the woods? In the UK today, only 10% of children spend time playing outside, compared to 40% for their parents’ generation. Studies show that green spaces and trees are important for childhood development, concentration levels, anxiety control and much more.
Blaen Bran Community Woodland is set amidst the Cwnbran uplands in the Torfaen borough of Wales. Recently the woodland suffered a set back with a statutory order to fell its larch trees which had become affected with the Phytophtora ramorum disease sometimes known as “larch tree disease”. ITF are supporting a project to re-plant an acre of land with 600 new trees to create more diverse woodland with a mixture of hazel, beech and birch which will be coppice managed.
Young eco warriors are championing the cause for trees at Acresfield Community Primary School. ITF are supporting a project to plant 50 indigenous trees to help the school increase its woodland. Not only will the children help plant the new trees, but they will also care for them in the future. This will be great for showing these young scientists how trees grow, flower and seed and to investigate what animals and insects use the trees.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have declared 2015 “The International Year of Soils” (IYS2015).