Community Tree Planting
We are proud to announce that by the end of 2009, 20,000 new trees will have a been planted in three community sites in the south of The Gambia as a result of the funds raised by our Opt in & Offset carbon offset scheme; some of the original 10,000 trees planted in 2007 are two metres high already and a further 10,000 will be planted by the end of 2009.
Tree Planting Festival - 2007
When TICOS originally set the project up in 2007 a tree planting festival was organised by Sifo Kafo Farm, one of the three sites, to mark the occasion with Mandinka drumming and dancing. 3,000 gmalina, cashew and other trees were planted in two farms belonging to the Sifo Kafo Farms. The Iman blessed the trees and all the village elders gave their full support. The whole village community attended and took part in a symbolic planting ceremony and there was a sense of pride and determination to see these trees grow to maturity.
The photographs (link) show a planting ceremony in Sifo attended by us, TICOS and the Travel Foundation and supported by the whole village. The village elders all planted a tree and TICOS also contributed to the event by planting 50 trees to help to offset recent staff flights.