27/03/17 Kundeni School classroom building continues thanks to KCDF (Kenya Community Development Fund)
26/03/17 - Half a Million Trees for Kenyan Schools project in full swing. 60,000 tree seedlings being watered in main nursery, Bore.
17/03/17 - This is why we do it
09/03/17 - Everyone very busy this morning over at Garashi tree nursery near Boré on our Half a Million trees for Kenyan Schools project
03/02/17 - Launch of new Boré Forest Centre Website
02/02/17 - UWTSD Student Union raise £260 for the Boré Forest Centre with their Change4Change Jumble Sale. - Thanks a lot everyone!
29/01/17 New partnership with The Word Forest Organisation
find out about their great work here.
17/11/16 Boré Forest Centre Development Plan completed
Many thanks to Manny Kincaid over at Living Design
for this superb piece of architectural drawing
24/10/16 Launch of Change4Change
The student-led campaign to raise cash for the Bore Forest Centre
08/10/16 - Forest Centre Construction Slide Show
12/09/16 - Forest Centre Main Building Completed
Our 5-year scheme to create sustainable income streams for the farmers of Bore and a base for volunteers and researchers from Wales on the climate change front line in tropical Africa finally took shape yesterday...
10/07/16 Materials arrive on site for the long awaited construction of our Forest Centre
Cutting trees down is not always a bad thing! These casuarina trunks were planted only 10 years ago and are now on site ready for the construction project...... If you cut down a tree and use it as firewood or charcoal then all of its absorbed carbon will return immediately to the atmosphere and once again contribute to global warming. If, on the other hand, you use the tree for building then the carbon it contains can be retained for many, many years. If a new tree is planted where the original tree stood then a further chunk of dangerous carbon can be removed from the air. Trees grow incredibly fast in the Tropics and this is one of the main reasons why tropical forests such as those in Kenya play such a critical role in cooling the planet.
20/05/16 Second new class room at Kundeni school now finished and ready for the kids. Thanks so much to Magic Oxygen Publishing and Tree-Nation
01/05/16 Great mention for CCL in the latest issue of Permaculture Magazine
(Summer '16)Read the full article 'Reduce, Renew, Offset' by Donnachadh McCarthey here
09/04/16 Second new class room at Kundeni school ready for roofing - thanks to the good people over at Magic Oxygen Publishing. More info here.
19/03/16 CCL Director meets Kenyan High Commissioner
(L-R, Cat Jones - Head of Hub Cymru Africa, His Excellency Lazarus O. Amayo - High Commissioner for Kenya, Mrs Anne Kamau - Commercial Counsellor Kenyan High Commission, Ru Hartwell - Director CCL)
05/03/16 - 140,000 seedlings now ready for distribution to 124 schools and community groups from 3 Coast Province tree nurseries....
06/02/16 Cat Jones from Hub Cymru Africa drops in on Kundeni School (and watch the video here)
11/10/15 - Work starts with a smile in Bore on seedling propagation for the Half a Million Trees for Schools project...
16/0816/08/15 - Yippee! We have just been funded to plant another 400,000 trees with 125 Coastal Province Schools. Our Half a Million Trees for Schools project will run over 3 years and will ultimately see a total of 500,000 trees planted. More info here.
02/08/15 - Great new video for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize which is funding the building of a second new classroom and planting thousands of trees at Kundeni School. Write and plant - anyone?
01/07/15 - New forest-friendly stove installed at Kundeni School. Half the fuel/half the CO2.....
18/05/15 - The last of 100,000 trees being delivered to one of 57 Coast Province schools marking the completion of our 1-year, Size of Wales funded, Trees for Schools Programme
04/05/15 - Blocks arrive for our second new class room at Kundeni School
Thanks to help from Magic Oxygen Publishing and University of Wales, TSDSU, enough blocks are now on site to build another brand new class room for the kids at Kundeni
07/03/15 - Order to plant 7000 trees from The Economist via Tree-Nation
Thanks very much to our partners over at Tree-Nation for delivering this order which will be shared equally between the farmers of Bore and local schools participating in our Trees for Schools Programme
22/02/15 - Foundations going in for our second new classroom at Kundeni School. This project is being funded by the great people down at Magic Oxygen Publishing - their incredibly successful Magic Oxygen Literary Competition attracted interest from all over the world and because a tree was put in for each entrant over 800 new trees have also been planted at the school. Win-Win or what? Get your copy of the anthology here and add to the Word Forest!
24/12/14 - £250 raised in half an hour on Twitter and Facebook to keep Amina and Kazungu in secondary education for another year! #WeLoveSocialMedia?
13/12/14 - CCL Receives Gold Star Award from First Minister
25/10/14 - New Kundeni classroom in use
21/10/14 - 50,000 trees planted under Size of Wales funded, Trees for Schools Programme
Latest update: Halfway to our target of 104,000 trees, planting ongoing at 52 schools, tree nurseries established at 7 schools, remaining trees being propagated in 3 main community nurseries. Map of participating schools coming soon.
10/09/14 - New Classroom opens at Kundeni School
25/07/14 - Agreement reached with Bore Green Umbrella workers co-op that the £7,500 raised as part of the cancelled Forest Expedition should be allocated towards completion of the class room building project at Kundeni School.
Though we are desperately sad that we were not able to make the expedition happen, we are happy that the hard work put in by the volunteers and the generosity shown by the wider community in Lampeter will still provide a lasting benefit to the children of Bore.
27/06/14 - Wales/Kenya Forest Expedition Cancelled
We are desperately sorry to announce that our flagship project to take 14 volunteers over to Bore this August has been cancelled due to the escalating violence in Coast Province. With a series of incidents occurring near Lamu over the past weeks and our contacts in Malindi advising us that we would not be safe at this time, no other course of action was possible. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners for their help and the volunteers for their hard fund raising work - over £7,500 was collected and will still go out to the community. We can't pretend that this is anything other than a major setback and we will have to see how things develop out there before working with the community in Bore to chart a new path for the CCL.
07/06/14 - Final volunteer member of Forest Expedition selected via national competition in Western Mail and Wales Online
31/05/14 - Forest Expedition members receiving training on International Volunteering from Jenny Allen, courtesy of Wales Africa Community Links
We need your old Laptop!
As part of our Rooting for Change - Trees for Schools Programme we are searching for 52 spare laptops to give out to Kenyan teachers. Education is highly valued over there but desperately under resourced so our plan is to donate one computer to each of 52 schools as an incentive to take part in this ambitious tropical forestry scheme, funded by Size of Wales. We will carefully wipe your old machine, install the basic software and ship it out. All you have to do is send it by courier or post to Treeflights, Workshop R/O 56 Bridge St, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7AB. Any questions? Ring Ru on 07773001132 or email here.
21/04/14 - Size of Wales have just given us the go ahead to plant 104,000 trees with all 52 schools in the Coast Province districts of Marafa and Garashi, near Bore. The Rooting for Change -Trees for Schools Programme is being implemented in partnership with the Student Union of the University of Wales, Trinity St David's and 3 Union representatives will be going over to Bore to coach teachers from the participating schools in project administration. The trees will be planted by the school children and will yield useful timber and food crops that can be sold to buy much needed educational resources and if each tree fixes only 100 Kgs of CO2 that will be a cool 10,000 Tonnes of the bad stuff absorbed over the long-term...
05/03/14 - 4,000 new mango trees to be grown in Bore care of the wonderful global planting community that is Tree-nation....
27/02/14 - Western Mail launch National Volunteer Competition to find the final member of our Wales/Kenya Forest Expedition (13th-28th August)
24/02/14 - Global Forest Watch system highlights acute deforestation around Bore
(Pink areas are those that have lost forest since 2000)
23/02/14 - Women's Forest Project concluded - 50,000+ trees planted, 50 solar lanterns distributed, exchange visit M and E report completed.
Short project film
26/01/14 - New plan agreed between Bore Green Umbrella Co-op and District Education Office to expand free tree distribution to include all 52 schools in the Marafa and Garashi District.
We still have to raise the cash at this end - there are a lot of children out there who need helping! These kids are from Garashi Primary. See them amongst their arborea trees here.
29/12/13 - Shambala Festival to protect another 10 acres of tropical forest in our Community Reserve.
09/12/13 - The Mulberry Bush Wholefood Shop in Lampeter donates £110 from its plastic bag levy to our Forest Centre building materials fund.
- Thanks a lot!
03/12/13 - Ysgol Bro Pedr (Primary) Cake Sale raises £403.95 to buy building materials for the Bore Forest Centre
Thanks very much to the incredible staff, pupils and parents of Bro Pedr Primary School in Lampeter who all co-operated on this project to smash last years record of £300. The money will go towards building materials needed for the new Forest Centre over in Bore that will be built by students and other volunteers going over next year as part of the Wales/Kenya Forest Expedition. Well done Bro Pedr - and those cakes look delicious!
19/10/13 Media exposure for Wales/Kenya Forest Expedition (Cambian News 18/10/13)....
(Click on image to enlarge)
22/09/13 Work starts on clearing the site for the Forest Centre above Bore....
07/09/13 CCL awarded £30,000 grant to send 14 young volunteers from Wales over to Kenya in August of next year.
University of Wales, Trinity St David's, 2 pupils from Bro Pedr School, Lampeter, 2 unemployed youngsters from Ceredigion County Council, Multi-agency NEET Service and 1 participant entering via Media Wales - probably the winner of a 'National Volunteering Competition'.
This is a fantastic opportunity for young people from Wales to go out to the 'climate change front line' in sub-Saharan Africa and help a poor Kenyan community build a research and sustainability Forest Centre. As such, the initiative provides a great example of Welsh and African communities working together to find new ways to conserve the tropical forests that we all ultimately depend on. More info coming soon on our expedition page here.
Meanwhile, yesterday (06/09/13) TSD students survey the view at the Forest Centre site above Bore...
...and Amber Aldridge gets stuck in with the
farmers on clearing the scrub...
16/08/13 Check out our revolutionary new virtual forestry initiative
In a world first the CCL now gives you the chance to protect a specific individual tree in Africa!
With 'Save One Tree' you can see your tree on Google Earth, meet the family who are growing it and soon you should be able to 'walk around' it in a virtual cashew orchard.
30/07/13 Second Forest Reserve now fully sponsored.
With kind donations of £100 over the last couple of years, Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn have now sponsored their own acre of tropical forest - in yellow, below. We believe that they are now the first school in Wales to have their own dedicated acre of protected tropical forest in Africa and a total of 20 acres of this critically important reserve of forest carbon have now been conserved. With agreement from the community in Bore and support from Size of Wales we will now extend this area further. If any schools out there wish to emulate Emlyn and have their own dedicated plot, let us know!
20/07/13 Partnership with Tree-Nation raises over £2,000 for tree planting in Bore over first 2 months.
Our new link with the Tree-Nation social network effectively connects the project to over 100,000 potential sponsors and this resulted in orders for 1721 trees (mostly moringa, neem and cashew) during May and June.
29/06/13 Shambala Festival protect 7 acres of tropical forest in Bore.
Thanks very much to everyone who voted for us! View the parcel on Google Earth here. Contact us if you want to copy these good people....
16/06/13 Agreement reached with Bore community for construction of Forest Visitor Centre and enlargement of Forest Reserve to over 100 acres.
Full details here and panoramic video taken from site, below:
05/06/13 - Explore the project on Google Maps on this link which centres on the community nursery and water supply
20/05/13 Expansion of tree planting to 6 species as part of new partnership with Tree Nation
As part of our new collaboration with Tree Nation we are now able to offer to plant 6 different types of tree with the farmers of Bore. Species available include: cashew, neem, moringa, casuarina, eucalyptus and mango. Prices start from 5 Euros per tree. Get planting here!
04/05/13 Latest project video from Bore
13/02/13 Women's Forest Project launched in Bore
With this initiative the CCL aims to deliver support right to the heart of the community by supplying 112 women with 50,000 trees and the means to set up 'carbon retentive' small businesses. More info here.
20/12/12 - '1 Tree, 1 Child' Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo raises almost enough money to plant 1000 trees and build a new class room for Kundeni School in 7 days.
24/10/12 - CCL partners, Primate Handshake deliver moving new film from Bore featuring Alex and Freddie Katana who explain what the project means to them.
(The community water supply shown in the film was implemented with funding from the Welsh Government's Wales/Africa Programme and Size of Wales)
18/10/12 - Community nursery to propagate 18,000 Moringa Trees. As part of an ongoing plan to partner with Tree-Nation, we have embarked on a large scale diversification into this incredible 'Wonder Tree'.
Why Moringa? Put simply, 'this tree could solve the world hunger problem'. We can take that claim with a pinch of salt but its leaves do contain all the essential amino acids, 7 times as much vitamin C as oranges, 4 times the calcium of milk and twice the protein of yoghurt! Apart from that, it is said to have constituents that can treat over 300 diseases including diarrhoea, is drought resistant and can grow to 20ft in 2 years!!
14/10/12 - New Community Carbon Forest Reserve available for sponsorship in Bore.
Credit: Lucy Radford/Primate HandshakeThis photo is taken roughly from point E on the sketch map below and shows the view from the reserve over the Tsavo National Park. 8, 1-acre parcels of this prime Kenyan tropical forest are available at the rate of £250 per acre. Each parcel contains approximately 25 metric tonnes of carbon absorbed from the atmosphere and we need help keeping that carbon safely locked in the trees.....
03/10/12 - Kundeni school children support National Go Green Day on the 19th October.
26/09/12 - Mayor of Lampeter meets TSD students and staff to prepare for Size of Wales Go Green Day (19th Oct.)
19/09/12 - CCL puts first 2 Kenyan children into high school for the next 5 years.
We are really happy to report that these two kids from Kundeni school (Kazungu and Amina) have just started their first term in high school and we have committed to keeping them there for the next 5 years. All thanks to donations through 1tree1child1planet. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.
09/09/12 - Urgent: We need your old tools!
Give us all your old tools and sewing machines, please! Working with TFSR Cymru, we'll refurbish them, send them over to Kenya and help train the farmers how to use them. Any that we can't use will be sold to cover the transport costs. The women in Bore have asked for 5 hand cranked sewing machines to enable them to start up as tailors making school uniforms and the young men want to set up as carpenters and builders. A complete list of tools that are in high demand is available on our Tools Needed! Page. Email us to arrange collection or deliver to the CCL workshop at the back of 56 Bridge St.
13/08/12 - First of 50 Size of Wales bee hives arrive in Bore.
As part of the CCL strategy to help the community in Bore develop alternative sources of income we are distributing beehives to the poorest farmers. The first ones went in last week and were colonised by bees within days. Tropical bees are a bit more pushy than their European counterparts. As soon as you provide a home for them, they will occupy it - none of this waiting for them to swarm business that you get up here.
10/08/12 - Expansion of community nursery in Bore to 20,000 stems.
With every sponsored tree, 20% of the donation goes to support the new nursery. Enormous tree orders from the Rooting for Change initiative by TSD students in Lampeter have allowed the Bore Green Umbrella workers co-op to start propagating 20,000 new seedlings for planting in November, rains permitting. Thanks everybody.
06/08/12 - 1tree,1child,1planet project delivers beds for poorest children at Kundeni School. The CCL web campaign to support Kundeni Primary School - 1 tree 1child 1 planet - raises £750 in 2 weeks and delivers new beds for those pupils who cannot afford to travel into school every day. New Facebook page here with all the info. If you go there, make sure you 'like' it!
25/07/12 - CCL partners, Primate Handshake, start filming new project video in Bore.
The Primate Handshake team are in Bore today, as part of their annual trip to Kenya which this year will include visits to a number of Size of Wales projects. Here, children hitch a ride as a donkey takes water from the community well to irrigate newly planted cashew seedlings.
17/07/12 - CCL Receives 'Highly Commended' Gold Star Award.
Ru, Luci and Al receive the award plaque on behalf of the CCL from Jane Davidson and Wyn Griffiths in Cardiff. First Minister Carwyn Jones said " I am continually impressed by the dedication of the Wales Africa Community Link groups. It is great to see their inspiring work recognised by the U.N. Gold Star Awards."
07/07/12 - New web campaign launched to support Kundeni school.
Education is understood to be the long term key to sustainable development so the CCL has
launched the 1tree1child1plane.org website as an avenue to deliver tree sponsorship directly to the school. Primary education in Kenya is delivered by the state but there is no provision for secondary education and as a result only 1 pupil from the school graduated to secondary school last year. The idea behind this campaign is to encourage 300 people from the Welsh side of the link to sponsor trees for specific Kundeni children with an ultimate target of planting 1000 trees and building 5 new class rooms. Visit the site here.
01/07/12 - New partnership between Lampeter and Bore primary schools.
Ffynnonbedr Primary School and Kundeni Primary School have agreed to twin with each other in a major step forward for the CCL. To facilitate communication between the schools, Kundeni has been supplied with a computer and an internet connection so now for the first time Bore is connected to the Web. The wider community can also use the computer so now no longer have to make the 2 hour trip to Malindi to access the Internet. Twinning activities will start in earnest after the summer holidays.
20/06/12 - 8000 trees distributed from new nursery.
With funding from Size of Wales and the community in Lampeter, we have completed distribution of 6,000 cashew and 2,000 neem trees from the new nursery in Bore. The neem can survive with very little water so are being planted on the most arid and infertile soils which are mostly on the shamba's of the poorest farmers, whom we are keen to include more fully in the project.
18/05/12 - Community Carbon Forest Reserve doubled in size to 20 acres.
Working closely with the Bore Green Umbrella community group, the CCL has completed purchase of another 10 acres of endangered Kenyan tropical forest and negotiations are under way to add a further 10 acres in the near future. Our long term plan is to build a visitors/research centre on this land that will provide an ongoing income stream to the community and a base which Welsh students can use to study climate change and applied sustainability in the field.
05/05/12 - Completion of Community Solar-powered Water System
With funding from a Clean Energy Grant under the Welsh Government's Wales/Africa Programme, the CCL, working with the Bore Green Umbrella group have completed implementation of the Bore Climate Change Adaptation Scheme. This scheme is designed to fortify the community to the impacts of climate change and reduce the threat to their forest. Lots more info on the project below. (Second storage container supplied by Size of Wales to facilitate watering of the nursery, in the background below).
29/11/11 - Rooting for Change - First Minister and students at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David's team up with Size of Wales project to plant cashew trees in Africa.
On the 13th of December, The First Minister - The Right Hon. Carwyn Jones, A.M. will visit the Lampeter campus to plant a tree with the Student Union to endorse the University's commitment to sustainability. The Rooting for Change initiative aims to plant up to 1200 trees in Kenya through the Lampeter/Bore CCL with the University matching student contributions pound for pound. The CCL has recently been awarded a Clean Energy grant of £12,800 from the Welsh Government under the Wales to Africa Community Links scheme to fortify the community to the escalating effects of climate change and to help them avert more deforestation. More info coming...
31/10/11 - Another Distribution of Tamarind trees
Distribution of a further 1000 tamarind trees will begin in Bore in the coming week. We shared out 1800 of these drought resistant trees two weeks ago and the recent wet weather means that now is a good time to establish a further batch. Lots of info on how useful these trees are can be found here.
20/10/11 - Award of Clean Energy Grant
We are delighted to announce that the CCL has just been awarded a Clean Energy Grant of over £12,800 by the WCVA/Wales to Africa Community Links Scheme. Bore is increasingly suffering from erratic weather conditions which are most likely attributable to climate change and the bulk of the grant is for the development of a solar powered community irrigation system. This will enable all the farmers to irrigate their trees without reliance on carbon intensive mains or diesel power.
One of the sad ironies of climate change is that it is mostly the poor people in underdeveloped equatorial regions such as Kenya who are bearing the brunt of the effects of global warming whilst the rich, carbon-effluent countries of 'The North' who have created the problem seem to suffer few ill effects...... Kenya is ranked around 150th in the world in terms of its per capita emissions of CO2. Wales, on the other hand is up there at number 12 and this is without taking into account our enormous legacy emissions or our frightening methane footprint.
Once implemented, this grant will go a small way to redressing this crazy imbalance where poor African farmers can lose their livelihood because of the carbon intensive way that we choose to live.......
This grant is for the Bore Climate Change Adaptation Scheme which will enable the CCL to assist the community in Bore in 3 main ways.
1. Installation of a solar powered community irrigation system. The staple income for farmers in Bore has long been charcoal burning which inevitably leads to destruction of their forest. The main thrust of our work for the last 4 years has been to encourage them to develop an alternative livelihood through planting cashew trees. These trees fix carbon from the air and provide them with an income from the nut harvest and from sponsorship. This irrigation system will safeguard the existing trees and allow them to become more self sufficient in growing their own food, both of which will reduce the stress on their local tropical forest.
2. Distribution of low emission stoves to all families in Bore. Most of the community currently cook with firewood or charcoal garnered from local trees with. Our calculations indicate that these stoves will reduce emissions from tropical deforestation by at least 361 Tonnes over a 5 year period.
3. Installation of community charging facility linked to solar lighting system in the local school. One of the greatest obstacles to farmers in Bore in trying to develop alternatives to charcoal burning is lack of education. The five 100 watt panels to be set up at Kundeni School will allow children of the poorest families who work in the day to learn at night and thus in the long term help them find alternative employment. The associated phone charging system is designed to help the community develop small businesses as it will give the entire community access to the revolutionary 'M-Pesa' (Mobile Money) banking system. This allows ordinary East African farmers who are currently excluded from traditional banking to set up small businesses and transfer very small amounts of cash between themselves. This is a critical step in helping the community move away from reliance on charcoal burning.
16/10/11 - Distribution of Tamarind trees
Yesterday we received news from Bore that the community has taken delivery of 1876 tamarind trees from the CCL nursery in Malindi. Up to now, we have only distributed cashew trees so this diversification represents a significant new departure for the project. Tamarind are a very drought resistant species and they yield a valuable cash crop. Their timber is very hard and durable which means that the carbon they absorb during their lifespan may be locked up for the long term.
Kenyan tamarind trees turning toxic atmospheric carbon into useful fruit