Terrific Tropical Trees

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1. Terrific Tropical Trees

Through our partnership with the University of Leeds every school who take part in the Terrific Scientific Trees investigation will have at least one tree planted for them in one of four forest schemes in Africa.

The United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a not-for-profit organisation run by the environmental scientists at the University of Leeds which protects and restores forests and other greenery through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. You can follow news stories on their website about how schools, families, foresters and scientists on their projects in the tropics are playing their part too.

2. The projects

Your tree could be planted at any one of four Terrific Tropical Trees projects in different parts of Equatorial Africa. Let's find out where they are!

3. Terrific Tropical Trees: Tanzania

The 4,000 Terrific Tropical Trees in Tanzania form an extension to the Udzungwa Forest Project, where research is being carried out by Dr Andy Marshall from the University of York. In partnership with rural villages in a newly proposed protected area, the project will restore former forest land by clearing weeds and planting, with the help of local schoolchildren, a large number of trees. The trees are being grown from seed in association with the Tanzania Tree Seed Agency.

4. Terrific Tropical Trees: Kenya

The project in Kenya will help to plant 5000 Terrific Scientific Tropical trees, many of which will be planted with Kenyan schools. The indigenous trees, planted in partnership with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency, will help students to understand the importance of conservation. They’ll also provide shade for the school children to play and learn outdoors.

5. Terrific Tropical Trees: Uganda

Planting more than 25,000 Terrific Tropical Trees in Uganda, working with the International Tree Foundation at The Amuria Schools Tree Planting Project in Eastern Uganda. This scheme encourages local people to value and plant indigenous trees, and aims to raise the awareness of children, teachers and parents about tree planting. The project will train teachers and children to manage tree nurseries at ten primary schools and so raise 25,000 seedlings of two ideal native trees – Maesopsis and Markhamia – for children to plant at the schools, and for parents to plant around their homes and farms.

6. Terrific Tropical Trees: Madagascar

Terrific Tropical Trees in Madagascar will plant more than 15,000 trees via the International Tree Foundation. The project works with a women and youth group to help the community protect the forest by planting a carefully chosen range of native trees which will also help the local people to earn money. They have seen that losing the forests is damaging their farming and beekeeping and want to do something about it.