AIMS & OBJECTIVES
Enhance awareness of tree planting among school children from seven schools and neighbouring households
Increase capacity of teachers in tree nursery management
Plant at least 7,350 trees in schools and at least 15,000 trees in 140 households
Supply fresh fruits to school children
22,350 trees will be planted in total across the grounds of 7 schools and 140 households. The main species will be 12,000 Maesopsis eminii – a fast growing evergreen tree native to Uganda which is a good provider of shade as it has a large canopy – and 10,000 Markhamia lutea (pictured left in the nursery) – also native to Uganda, which is also fast growing and soil improving, with distinctive yellow flowers. Grafted mango trees will also be planted (50 per school). Grafted mangoes produce high quality fruit much earlier than ungrafted trees – usually within three years. These trees will provide the students with fresh fruit. There are also options to diversify the species planted during this project to potentially include other fruit trees such as papaya and jackfruit, as well as species with medicinal value and those that provide animal fodder or improve soil fertility.
JLIF Intends to support the work of ITF in helping fund the project i.e. Trees in Schools and Communities (TRESCO) is a partnership project which sits within ITF’s Sustainable Community Forestry programme. This programme provides funding to community based organisations to improve local livelihoods and landscapes through the planting and sustainable use of trees. Local partner Save a Seed for the Future and ITF have developed TRESCO building on learning from previous work. It aims to engage schoolchildren and community members in tree planting, and to spread awareness of the importance of trees for both the environment and the productivity of local farming systems.