We work with community groups, the Kenya Forest Service and the Kenya Wildlife Service to plant trees in areas where they cannot regenerate on their own. We have planted over 350ha of indigenous trees around the mountain. One site is Irangi (Embu) where we work with women’s groups and at Ontulili (Meru) where we work with communities who are given temporary plots under the PELIS system to plant crops in return for planting indigenous trees and the Kenya Forest Service.
The two areas once had an indigenous forest canopy but had been deforested in previous years due to a failed Government programme to resettle landless people within the National Reserve and uncontrolled non residential cultivation system of the then Forest Department. All these areas are at an altitude of between 7,000ft (over 2,100m) and 10,000ft (over 3,000m). Outside of the protected areas there are densely packed farms or 'shambas' which are all involved in subsistence or semi-commercial crop growing for the local market and beyond.
We have planted hundreds of thousands of seedlings with over 90 per cent success rate to maturation and wish to expand our capacity to plant more trees and engage more communities.