Empowering Communities to Plant Trees in Burford
My favourite tree is Grevillea robusta commonly known as the silky oak, it is a deciduous tree with dense, conical crown, can grow up to 25 meters tall. The tree does well in the tropics and mainly for timber and as a windbreaker. You can also be grown as an ornamental plant, for its attractive fern-like foliage and brilliant orange floral.
The tree also does well in Agroforestry uses as it interferes less with crops. Best growth when planted on rows or intermixed with crops. Its leaves are used as mulch. The silky oak provides much needed shade in tea and coffee plantations, and its leaves are eaten by animals.
Last but not least, its flowers are rich in nectar thus being attractive to bees. This reminds me when I was young I used to climb on the tree and one day I was stung by a bee. With time, I came to like the tree because it provided us with shade and honey from its nectar through the bees – we all coexisted well.