Our tree planting partners – Size of Wales

In order to help protect the outdoor environments we cherish so much, we have partnered with a number of organisations to support reforestation projects worldwide. We want to support and learn from the people who are on the front line tackling climate change, so keep an eye out for the latest news on how we are planting trees and how you can get involved.

One of the partners we are supporting is Size of Wales: a UK-based climate change charity that focuses on tropical deforestation and restoration. They helped us plant 10,000 trees for our members over Christmas 2018 and support a number of projects across the world.

Mbale Trees Programme, Uganda

Project Update, March 2020

SportPursuit has supported Size of Wales to open with our partners a new tree growing nursery in the Bunambutye region of Uganda.

This new nursery will join the existing nurseries in the area that provide seedlings to local farmers, schools, businesses and individuals to plant.

Nurseries enable local employment and engagement on sustainable farming practices with local communities and SportPursuit’s support is enabling this work to expand.

Size of Wales

Project Background

Size of Wales has been working with Welsh Government, partners in Uganda and experts in Wales for over 8 years to deliver a tree planting programme in the Mount Elgon region of Uganda. Through a network of 35 tree seedling nurseries, the programme distributes free tree seedlings to the local community to be planted on smallholdings and other land in the community.

A tree seedling nursery in Bukalasi, Uganda

Uganda’s forests are under severe threat. The country’s forest cover has declined from 24% in the 1990s to less than 9% as of 2018. Around 80% of Ugandans live in rural communities with c42% surviving on less than USD 2.00 a day. This project is working in Mbale in Eastern Uganda, a large hilly area that has been heavily deforested primarily from the expansion of agriculture. In recent years the area has been badly affected by landslides.

Despite a high risk level of deforestation, this area of Uganda is very fertile and is home to thousands of smallholder farmers who can benefit from the new trees.

As well as helping to tackle climate change, the programme also aims to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions for communities in the region. Learn more about the many benefits of planting trees from the Mbale Tree Programme’s Project Coordinator, Francis Alinyo.

Learn more about the Mbale Tree Programme and Size of Wales here.

Bore Community Forest, Kenya

Bore is an area of Coast Province, in eastern Kenya that sits right on the equator. Unpredictable climatic conditions have been threatening the livelihoods of local farming communities. Without reliable farming conditions these communities need alternative income, such as from charcoal production. The Bore Community Forest Project supports subsistence farmers and the wider community to adapt to the increasingly chaotic climate while protecting their precious forests.

The overall aim of the project is to increase and protect tree cover in the area. It will do this by:

  • Planting thousands of seedlings each year from community nurseries
  • Supporting the development of alternative sustainable livelihoods diverting away from the need to burn charcoal
  • Strengthening the community’s resilience by improving its economic position, reducing soil erosion, stabilising conditions and food security by the provision of shade from trees and ‘treefood’ (mainly cashew nuts, moringa leaves and mango fruits).

Learn more about Bore Community Forest here >


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