Tree Planting

BRIEF SUMMARY

Key Benefits

What We Have Achieved

How We Work

The Project’s Future

What It Costs
By donating to this project, you will be making a huge contribution to RIPPLE Africa’s fight against deforestation. It only costs 20p to plant one tree in Malawi, Africa – this cost is nothing compared to the significant benefit just one tree can provide.


FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT
Why Is It So Important?
RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project is the largest tree planting project in the Nkhata Bay District, and provides a long-term solution to fighting deforestation in Africa by reducing the demand for wood, causing the destruction of indigenous forests.

RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project directly fights this by planting thousands of quick-growing exotic trees at household level and in community woodlots, and these provide a sustainable source of firewood and timber for local people.

  • A well run community tree nursery growing about 4,000 tree seedlings
    A well run community tree nursery growing about 4,000 tree seedlings
  • Club members manage and maintain the tree seedlings ready for planting out in the rainy season
    Club members manage and maintain the tree seedlings ready for planting out in the rainy season

Quick-growing exotic trees provide an immediate benefit to the community who use the trees like a crop: coppicing the tree (cutting off the branches for firewood without felling the whole tree), which then grows back quickly to provide more wood year on year. This alleviates the significant burden on Malawi’s indigenous forests, and changes the way people in Malawi think about their natural resources. Where appropriate, RIPPLE Africa also plants indigenous hardwood trees in areas where deforestation is particularly bad.

  • Every household grows 25 trees for fuelwood and 10 fruit trees
    Every household grows 25 trees for fuelwood and 10 fruit trees
  • The household woodlot for 25 trees is 10 metres by 10 metres, and this will help to provide sustainable fuelwood
    The household woodlot for 25 trees is 10 metres by 10 metres, and this will help to provide sustainable fuelwood
  • Every household will grow 5 pawpaw and 5 guava trees to provide fruit for the family
    Every household will grow 5 pawpaw and 5 guava trees to provide fruit for the family

Deforestation in Africa is one of the greatest issues facing Malawians today. The effects of deforestation are tangible: less rain, hotter climates, soil erosion, and drought brings famine, poverty, and starvation.

RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project is a direct solution to fighting deforestation. The importance of tree planting in the face of deforestation remains self-evident. However, simply planting more trees without addressing the demand for firewood and timber would be a losing battle!

  • A good team spirit at Katenthere Tree Club
    A good team spirit at Katenthere Tree Club
  • RIPPLE Africa encourages primary schools to plant trees
    RIPPLE Africa encourages primary schools to plant trees
  • Makwalakwata Primary School has planted over 2,000 trees
    Makwalakwata Primary School has planted over 2,000 trees

RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project is not only about planting trees in Malawi, but is helping to halt the demand on Malawi’s existing indigenous forests, and to change the way people think about their natural environment and the destructive and unsustainable actions which are causing deforestation. By involving individuals, community groups, local schools, and encouraging tree planting at household level, RIPPLE Africa aims not only to conduct tree planting in Africa, but to slowly change the philosophy in which people use their natural resources, forever.

For this project we typically grow Senna Siamea (or Cassia) trees, which grow quickly enough to be coppiced after five years for fuelwood and also improve the soil as they are nitrogen-fixing. The fruit trees we grow are guava and pawpaw (papaya), which are grown from seed and are very quick and easy to grow and bear good quality fruit. RIPPLE Africa also has a more extensive fruit tree project where we grow improved varieties of certain fruits for example citrus, mango and avocado trees.

What We Have Achieved

In the last year, RIPPLE Africa has provided tubes and seeds to over 10,000 households. Since the project began in 2006, over 175 community groups have been helped to plant over 4 million trees in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi, Africa.

  • Planting out the tree seedlings in December/January, the beginning of the rainy season
    Planting out the tree seedlings in December/January, the beginning of the rainy season
  • A well managed woodlot of senna siamea trees: YEAR 1
    A well managed woodlot of senna siamea trees: YEAR 1
  • Senna siamea trees grow quickly and can be coppiced after five years for fuelwood: YEAR 3
    Senna siamea trees grow quickly and can be coppiced after five years for fuelwood: YEAR 3

How We Work

RIPPLE Africa runs its tree planting project at household level as well as through community partnership.

The Project’s Future

We are continuing to link the tree planting project with our Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove – enabling households using the stove to plant quick growing trees, which can then be coppiced for firewood, saving time and protecting the forests. With this we are trying to reduce deforestation in Malawi.

  • Senna siamea seedlings in black polythene tubes — tree planting in Africa
    Senna siamea seedlings in black polythene tubes — tree planting in Africa

Links to Documents

Videos

Makwalakwata School Tree Nursery (4:45)