Just under one month to go until the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 12th April. Come and support David, Craig and Tina as they RUN FOR THE TREES.
You are invited to participate in the webinar “Agroforestry delivering multifunctional agriculture: Can we heal an ailing planet?” present by ITF Vice-Chair, Roger Leakey on Wednesday, March 18th at 4pm GMT
Trees 4 Livelihoods, a 4 year project supported by the Big Lottery Fund. is continuing to make progress in Mali.
An important issue for the local communities is their declining access to the Koubaye forest due to unsustainable management leading to the felling of trees.
ITF are pleased to announce the funding of three projects in Kenya as part of our Sustainable Community Forestry (SCF) programme. 170,000 trees will be planted in projects led by three community youth organisations. In this article we feature the work of the Kangema Youth Group.
75% of the Southern Aberdare Forest in Kenya has been lost since the 1970’s which now covers less than 1,000 hectares. Conflict between people and wildlife has grown as human settlements encroach further and further into the forest. Wild animal numbers have declined along with many indigenous tree species like the sycamore fig, which is considered sacred to the Kikuyu community.
With the European Tree of the Year voting now underway, we have decided to turn our attention to Slovakia’s entry into this year’s competition… the white mulberry.
The Morus alba or white mulberry entered in the competition is known by the locals as “the lighthouse of history”, watching over the growing city of Senica. It has been dated to around 200 years old.
It is tempting when reporting on projects to constantly “accentuate the positive” but in many ways we learn more from the difficulties and the things that went wrong. In particular it underlines just why the work of ITF is so important.
Greenslate Farm is a recently established community farm based in Billinge to the west of Wigan. The farm has about 30 acres of land of which half is for arable, buildings and allotments and the rest is a mixture of meadow and woodland. The woodland is the result of self-seeding and consists almost totally of goat willow which is so dense in places that there is little biodiversity or habitat for wildlife.
In celebration of National Tree Week 65,000 trees will be planted in community projects in the UK and Africa over the next twelve months.
We are introducing a new partner and project in this newsletter, Masaka and District Landcare Chapter (MADLACC). MADLACC have been working on the “Promotion of agro forestry for poverty reduction and improved livelihoods” project involving over 500 farming households in the community.