One-million Indigenous Model Tree Nursery launched at Karura Forest

By Michael Kitum

 

Kenya Forest Service in partnership with NCBA Bank launched the One-million Indigenous Model Tree Nursery at Karura Forest. The nursery is part of the #ChangeTheStory tree planting campaign towards achieving a national target of 10% tree cover by 2022.

The launch was officiated over by KFS Board Chairman Peter Kinyua, NCBA Bank Group Managing Director John Gachora, and the Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau who led staff from both organizations in sowing the first batch of indigenous seeds that will be produced by the model nursery.

 

Speaking during the launch, Peter Kinyua noted that to achieve a 10% tree cover by 2022, KFS would not walk the journey alone and hence welcomed the tree nursery establishment as one of the partnerships which will boost seedlings production by raising a million quality indigenous tree seedlings annually to enable the Service to undertake its mandate towards the attainment of 10% tree cover.

"Successful planting of trees is determined by the quality of trees produced from a tree nursery." Noted Kinyua, adding that, "Changing the story is not just about planting a tree but sustaining its growth to maturity."

Kinyua called in Kenyans to embrace tree growing by purchasing quality seedlings and growing them on degraded forest areas, schools, private farmlands, open spaces, and plots to #ChangeTheStory.

Kinyua noted that the proceeds acquired from selling the tree seedlings produced in the nursery will be injected into generating more seedlings and running the tree nursery.

 

CCF Kamau noted that the Service has received a boost in seedlings production through the partnership with NCBA Bank adding that the new indigenous tree nursery will complement the 290 tree nurseries across the country managed by the Service in seedlings provision.

Kamau also said the nursery is located at a strategic position domiciled within Karura forest, an urban green space of its kind, and will also provide indigenous seedlings for urban conservation. He noted that the Service is ensuring all public forests are safeguarded for the benefit of all; both current and future generations.

 

"The management vision of the Service for Karura forest is to make it a world-class sustainably managed, conserved and protected forest reserve: safe and secure for the provision of ecological goods and services, including eco-tourism," added the CCF.

He also lauded the KFS Board Chairman for spearheading the public-private partnership with NCBA which will enable the Service to raise adequate seedlings to serve the needs of increasing Kenya's tree cover to 10% as enshrined in the Constitution.

NCBA Group MD John Gachora noted that to mitigate climate change and forest protection, the young generation should be engaged and brought on board to appreciate the dangers of climate change and embrace conservation.

The One-million Indigenous Model Tree Nursery can be accessed through KFS Gate-C opposite Shark Place along Kiambu Road, and also through KFS Headquarters Main Gate opposite DCI Headquarters.

 

KFS and NCBA staff sowing the first batch of indigenous seeds that will be produced by the model nursery.

 

 

The KFS Board Chair Peter Kinyua together with the Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau and NCBA Managing Director sowing seeds in the nursery bed. 

 

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