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Name of Project: Brackenhurst Botanic Garden and Indigenous Forest

Number of Trees to be Planted: 20,000

Directly Benefits: Local population of Limuru

Location: Kenya

Year: 2011

Goals

  • Restore biodiversity to the regional plant life by planting  280 species of plants and trees
  • Share knowledge about plants, trees, ethnobotany and the ecological value of forests in watershed management Provide wildlife habitat

 

Notable Highlights

American Forests is partnering with Plants for Life International (PLI) to support their goal of restoring 50 acres of native forests that were completely deforested within 12 years. American Forests started supporting this project in 2010. PLI operates Brackenhurst Botanical Garden which receives 25,000 visitors a year.

Beginning as early as 1890, the region was extensively deforested when tea was introduced as a cash crop. Later, more native forests were cleared for agriculture and planting exotic tree plantations, such as eucalyptus. It is estimated that more than 99 percent of the native forests in the region have been destroyed.

This project will benefit the local population by stabilizing the land and protecting the watershed, as well as benefiting native wildlife, like the colobus monkey.

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