Every first Saturday of December marks Zimbabwe’s National Tree Planting Day, an initiative by the Zimbabwe Forestry Commission.
Planting trees is a step towards healing our forests which are affected by deforestation, and the day is intended to create awareness about the dangers of tree cutting and veld fires around Zimbabwe.
This year we managed to host a tree planting event for our conservation clubs and the community living in the Hwange National Park. The theme for 2017 was “Fruit Trees for Food Security and Nutrition” and the event was held at St Francis Xavier primary school on the 6th of December.
We managed to plant 100 hundred fruit trees at St Francis Primary School whilst another 200 trees were distributed among the six schools to plant in their school ground to green, improve soil quality, water retention and provide shade and fruit.
We were ecstatic to see a healthy attendance of six conservation clubs from surrounding primary schools; Chezhou Primary School, Dingani Primary School, Hwange Main Camp, Mambanje Primary School, Sir Roy Primary School and the host school St Francis Primary School. We were happy to also have other local NGOs Grow Africa, Painted Dog Conservation, The Hide Trust, Zimbabwe Forestry Commission representatives and other local stakeholders grace this event as well as help with some preparations leading up to it.