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Indigenous Tree Planting in Kenya continues in the Masai Mara

Our Conservation Roots are growing! 3,000 new saplings added to our Nursery.

In November, our team built a state-of-the-art tree nursery to manage the increasing demand of our Conservation Roots Indigenous Tree Planting project. 3,000 Warburgia Ugandesis tree saplings were bought to their new home, the Great Plains Indigenous Tree Nursery, in the Masai Mara. The team on the ground have been busy with distributing the saplings out to our community partners. The communities are planting trees in a variety of places from primary schools to women’s business groups to help with shade and ecosystem resilience.

Talek School, in the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy in the Masai Mara, received 250 Green Heart tree saplings that the school children gathered together and planted. Paul, our expert horticulturalist, educated the young students on the value of trees and how to look after them so they grow tall. Great Plains have also supported the build of a protective fence around the boundary of the school to keep out the livestock from nibbling on the tree saplings!

The trees will become a daily activity for the school children to partake in protecting their ecosystem, learning about the importance of protecting natural resources and becoming conservation ambassadors.

The Naboisho Women’s Bead Group create traditional Kenyan beaded crafts in the Masai Mara. The Bead Group received 100 indigenous trees on the plot of their beading business to provide shade for the 105 ladies who take part in the beading. The Naboisho Women’s Bead Group focus 100% of their earnings to their children’s education and healthcare. The beaded goods are sold in our Great Plains safari camp boutiques.

The next batch of indigenous tree seedings are already being transported to other schools in the region. Conservation Roots also plants trees in the Kenyan wilderness too for ecosystem resilience to soil erosion, river bank strengthening and more.

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