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Planting for the future

Nov. 3, 2015

The DSWT in partnership with the LCT is proud to be part of the greater community movement to protect and preserve the natural integrity of Lamu County. Most recently we planted over 4,900 seedlings in our nursery with the help of Mathai, our Tree Nursery Manager who took over the running of the nursery at the beginning of 2015. Under his management, we have witnessed the nursery thrive and achieve massive results.

By replanting these hardwood seedlings into the forests of Lamu we are bringing life back to the area, which was once home to Kenya’s second largest population of elephants. When Project Amu was launched in 2011, our aim was to secure vast areas of land and work alongside the communities who are now witness to the difference being made on the ground. The planting of the seedlings are a poignant reminder that we are helping to restore some of the oldest coastal forest in Africa, which have been harvested by humans over thousands of years, for boats and furniture.

Our target this year is to plant 6,000 hardwood seedlings, increasing this to 10,000 in 2016 and thus supporting one of the largest Mangrove forests in the world. A whole array of species thrive within Lamu’s forests and our hope is to provide the suitable habitat to ensure a future for wildlife in this area.