The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Forestry Kirinyaga office has picked Thanju Primary School in Ndia Constituency as a tree planting centre where they plan to plant over 3,000 trees to mitigate effects of climate change.
Area Forest Conservator Peter Ng’ang’a said that the school was picked because of available space and absence of satisfactory tree cover in addition to the favourable climatic condition in the area.
“We have made tremendous strides in boosting forest cover which currently stands at 30% through collaboration between our office and schools but we will still continue to plant trees,” he said.
Elsewhere, Kenyans in the United Kingdom have earmarked Gacharu Secondary School as its pilot school where they are planning to also plant over 3,000 trees.
Kenyans in Sheffield and Areas surrounding (KISHA) represented by Reverend Benson Kimaru from Ndia constituency picked the school due to its terrain and also the erosion that has occurred upon it.
The school Principal Agnes Mwangi welcomed the initiative saying that it will reduce the soil erosion that had plagued the school and also put to use the 3-acre piece of land that the school sits on.
Mwangi noted that the programme is in line with the President’s call to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.
KISHA will also plant trees in surrounding schools within Ndia constituency including Karima and Kinyakiiru both housing primary and secondary schools.
By Caroline Wangechi
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