INTRODUCTION

In definition of environment, trees have a special standing. Their uses vary from construction to paper making all the way to providing food with fruit tree species such as avocado and mango. A treeless environment is an ugly environment. With this background in mind, tree planting is greatly coveted and efforts to do so are desired at most. Workable approaches should therefore be encouraged and some developed for achieving tree planting.

School approach is one of the many strategies that can be utilized in promotion of tree planting to augment the government efforts in increasing the desired forest cover. Forestry Clubs of Kenya has designed a simple but very productive school-based reforestation model that is unparalleled in view of its viability, duplicability, scalability and sustainability.

WHERE TO PLANT TREES?

The following are areas targeted for tree planting:

  • Bare hill tops within Counties.
  • Major water towers including Mau, Mt. Kenya, Cherangani Hills, Arbadares etc.
  • School bonus land where there are no structures.
  • Water catchment extents as we work to restore our drying rivers.
  • Special sites in schools and in public lands (e.g. Kaya shrines, Njuri-Ncheke shrines) to establish botanical gardens and arboretums to preserve germplasm of valuable tree species.
  • Other public lands e.g. chiefs’ camps, hospital grounds, vast prisons’ grounds, local administration office grounds and police stations.
  • Kenyan cities, towns and market centres as convenient.
  • Road and rail reserves with Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

FORESTRY CLUBS OF KENYA (FCK)

Vision Statement

To establish a practical and dynamic partnership for transforming rural environments effectively and sustainably via schools towards sound conservation, fighting aridity and negative impacts of climate change.

Mission statement

To shape school youths into responsible beings for the present and future as regards conservation of environment in view of its value in determining population livelihood and national development.

Our Achievements This Far

  • Millions of seedlings planted in Kenya this far.
  • Our rare effort has earned our CBO – IGEA, 3 National Gold Medal Awards courtesy of Total Eco-challenge.
  • In 2006 our viable school-based tree nursery model was duplicated in schools of Central Sudan, Nuba Mountains (Daily Nation, 27th 2007).

Collaborations and Partnerships

Forestry Clubs of Kenya is seeking partnership and collaborations with the following Government ministries and Departments:

1. Ministry of Environment and Forestry
2. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
3. Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

OUR PROGRAMS

Green Schools Program

This program entails establishment of medium-scale tree nurseries in schools. The said school-based tree nurseries are ran and managed solely by students who are thoroughly trained in tree nursery technology. Schools are assisted to raise tree nurseries with 10 000 – 50 000 seedlings as convenient.

Individual Farmer Tree Planting Program

Forestry Clubs of Kenya trains and encourages farmers to do on-farm tree growing for agroforestry (trees inter-planted with crops) and commercial purpose through establishment of woodlots to involve especially tree species that provide marketable wood products including but not limited to timber and posts.

Official Rural Women and Youth Groups Tree Nursery Program

Part of the mandate of Forestry Club of Kenya is to train rural women and youth groups on the technology of medium-scale tree nurseries to breed seedlings that group members can sell and earn money to meet their basic needs of their daily living including: food, education for their children, shelter and clothing.