Uganda offers typical African Savannah planes offering a woodland-grassland ecosystem with abundant rainfalls and periodic droughts while westward in the country the savhanna planes give way to high mountains and lush high altitude forests famous for it populations of mountain gorillas.
We are operating in central Uganda where much of the land is over grazed and the soil has deteriorated.
Our work is with local farmers who are trying to heal their land and secure the soil by growing hardy trees on barren land. Once the trees have established themselves they can make use of agroforestry techniques to grow mixed cultivation for human nutrition under the shade and protection of the trees while the trees themselves provide sustainable food for their livestock.
A recent visit in December 2019 to our Bornean operation on the Kalimantan river showing the onsite nursery where we are germinating and planting Dillenia Borneensis, a large indigenous tropical hardwood tree from seeds collected from a local mother tree.
The trees spout out as tiny plants, smaller than trees from many other parts of the world, but then grow into saplings quickly and can be planted four months later. We also visited sites including the one in the photo where we have five year old trees that had grown incredibly.
These hardwood trees grow incredibly fast as shown at the plantation where trees that are only five years old are already 15 meters tall with a BHC (Circumference at 1.5 meters ) of 120cm! These will continue to grow into forest giants and in time can reach up to 60 meters in height.