(Good Gifts, continued from pg. 1)
The seedlings transplanted to Makuyuni were grown at the Moshi Mpingo Plot (MMP), where two full-time workers are now employed by the ABCP.
Another area being planted is at Kilindini, where the superintendent of the local primary school had already planted 100 mpingo trees after meeting Sebastian at a workshop and becoming interested in the work of the ABCP. The school has a large acreage of land surrounding it and has taken on the task of planting 5,000 mpingo trees, which will be cared for by the students and school personnel.
Two other planting areas are in Kirua and Kilema, where about 4,000 trees have been planted.
One point to emphasize is the importance the ABCP attaches to follow-up care and ensuring that the seedlings planted survive their first crucial years.
One technique that is being used is to take a filled inverted plastic water bottle with a tiny pinprick opening and bury it in the ground to water the plant in the first year, in case rains are not sufficient. Since mpingo requires much less moisture than many other species, this extra amount can make the difference that will insure survival.
The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good, the
beautiful and the ennobling in man.
continued from pg. 1)
These trees will provide a variety of services. Many of them have multiple uses, i.e., branches can be used for firewood and leaves for animal fodder. Some, such as African mahogany, can be utilized locally for furniture making or sold commercially. Bee-keeping will be supported by planting flowering trees specifically attractive to bees. In addition, since the people rely heavily on natural remedies, the bark, leaves and roots of many trees planted will be used medicinally.
The KEEG has all the infrastructure in place to quickly germinate, pot and distribute a large number of trees. Last year they accomplished a special project of planting 11,000 Silk oak (Grevilla robusta) trees, lining the main road in their area. These trees will provide resources for both domestic and environmental purposes.
We thank Paul Moss, director of Cottonwood Foundation, and all its dedicated volunteers, for their continuing support of the work of the ABCP and its affiliated groups and their selection of the ABCP as a Cottonwood Partner. Over the past ten years Cottonwood has provided us with the impetus and funding to build our infrastructure so that we are able to grow and distribute increasing numbers of trees each year.
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