Tree Shopping List

Our Shopping List To Reach 10 Million Trees!!

To Reach our goal of ten million trees we plant a variety of tree species across 39 nurseries. Each tree and nursery cater to a different need. Read below about each tree species we plant within this project and then find out how many of each tree species a specific donation could buy.

  • Mvule.(Highly Endangered)
    -Provides hardwood for construction and carpentry.
    -Severely threatened species.
    -Fell younger trees for furniture, building and charcoal.
    -Grow haphazardly and slow growing.
    -Aids Soil Sustainability

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Image: Kibo Group

  • Prunus Africana(Medicinal Bark)
    – Traditionally used for fevers, wounds, malaria, arrow poison alternative medicine.
    – Endangered.
    – Hardwood for tool handles, utensils, furniture

 

  • Grevillea Robusta
    -Fast growing.
    -Evergreen.
    -Good for furniture.
    -Resistant to rotting!
    -Fencing.
    -NOT native, Australian.

 

 

  • Maesopsis Eminii
    -leaves grown as fodder.
    -Timber as furniture.
    -Shade trees for coffee plantations.
    -Fast-growing.
    -Able to live for 200 years!
    -Seeds can lie dormant and germinate with lunar cycles!

 

  • Mango Trees
    – Provide fruit
    – Improve Nutrition
    – Provide Household Income

 

 

  • Avocado Trees
    – Provide Food
    – Improve Nutrition
    – Provide Household Income

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What Your Donations Can Buy!

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Images – Size of Wales, Mbale CAP
Graphics, Hannah May Williams – Size Of Wales

By donating you will provide funds for the trees listed above. Above all you will be providing a stable income for communities in the Mbale region whose livelihoods have been severely affected by deforestation and who face the brunt of severe climate change.

Case Study: Anets Story, Your Help Changes Lives.

Your support changes lives. Here is the story of Anet, who thanks to donations from people like you has been able to make a better life for herself and her family. She lives in Uganda and has become part of Size of Wales and the Welsh Government’s project to plant One Million Trees (now Ten Million Trees) in a highly deforested region of Uganda.

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Anet Nabumati is married with five children and lives on a small farm in Busiu, in the Mbale Region of Uganda. Prior to being involved in the tree planting project, Anet tried to set up some small income generating activities to help support her family. Brewing and selling the local alcoholic spirit of waragi was unfortunately, one of the many ideas that never took off for her and her family.

Then in 2011, when the Mbale CAP/ Size of Wales One Million Tree Planting project was introduced into Busiu, Anet was selected to be among the 20 contact farmers to raise trees and supply the other farmers locally. Anet had no prior skills or experience in tree planting but within a year, with training from the local NGO, “Share an Opportunity”, she and one other person were selected to run two nurseries and distribute trees.

When asked about the impact that the One million tree project has had for her Anet said; “The project has changed my life immensely. It has increased my household income as I am now paid to run the tree nurseries. I also grow and sell coffee trees to farmers in the area.With my new knowledge and skills I can now raise coffee plants, ornamental flowers and other trees, in addition to the original trees provided by the project, which I sell to pay school fees and take care of household needs.”

Anet has also learnt how to make improved fuel saving stoves from local materials which can be made cheaply, cook food very quickly and use less wood meaning less time is taken by women in collecting wood for fires.

“The fuel saving stove I’m using now is better than the 3 stone traditional cookstove I used to have for many reasons. The 3 stone type was consuming a lot of fuel wood while the fuel saving stove is not consuming a lot. The 3 stone used to cause burns for the children, they would sit on it in the evening and burn but since I have had this one we have not experienced that anymore.”

“With the three stone, the kitchen was full of smoke, it was a smoky kitchen, and this would cause tears in my eyes while I was cooking. With the new stove the environment is clean, and there is no smoke in my eyes so I’m very joyful to have the fuel savings stove.”

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Overall, the introduction of the One million trees project has empowered women in the Mbale region. They have been able to become their own income earners, creators and innovators as well as have a large impact on the local environment for the sustainability of future generations.

Anet says: “The project has proved that women can manage nurseries, in some cases better than men who traditionally have done this work. On a personal level, the project has raised my profile as a woman and mother as I have become known regionally and internationally as one of the leaders of the successful tree planting projects. I am really pleased to be a part of the project.”

Case Study: Loy’s Story, Your Help Changes Lives in Uganda

Loy Mulekhwa is the chairperson of the Bumlema Yetaana Women’s Group and is a coffee farmer. The group run and manage a tree nursery, in a dry and arid region at risk of windstorms in Mbale District. In 2010 Loy planted shade trees to protect her coffee crops, which she received through the 10 Million Tree project supported by Size of Wales and the Welsh Government.

“The tree planting project has helped a lot; firstly the shade from the trees has protected my coffee from the sun. My house is in a corridor where we have many windstorms, so the trees have acted like a windbreak to protect my old house. We also receive lots of fresh air from the trees and I get to sit in their shade instead of in the sun.”

“The improved coffee harvest has really boosted my income – is has nearly doubled due to a second harvest of coffee beans, which has meant I’ve sold coffee worth 1 million Ugandan Shillings this year, (approx. £200) which is a lot for a small scale farmer like me.”

“As a group we work on many tree planting activities; we sow seeds, pot them when they grow, we water and tend to them. We then distribute the trees to group members and other people in the local area. The trees are healthy and help our crops improve. I’m happy; the project has made me happy.”

“The community have come together through tree planting. We have learnt to work together, and the women have been uplifted, we are now seen as important people in the community, people come to our group to get trees now. We also have a group saving scheme, we put a bit of money in a pool and we give it to others in the group to support them, and they pay it back. We also now advise others in the group about things like fuel saving stoves to reduce on wood use.”

“The project has helped my family; my children have learnt the skills of nursery bed management, we have fresh cool air and our income has improved from better coffee harvests. My family has benefitted so that we can pay for school fees, medication and extra food. Tending to the trees and the nursery is now my real job other than farming. I treasure the project so much.”

Case Study: A Visit to the 10 million Trees Project

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A piece by Lowri Jenkins, previous Size of Wales campaign manager.

Mbale is a lush place – in both senses of the word. It is, I suppose my lasting memory of Uganda. The rich red soil and deep green foliage is hypnotic, it’s like I’ve changed the colour contrast on life. It’s also a lush place in the Welsh sense, especially the people who are so friendly and greet you with the warmest of smiles and handshakes.

I visited Uganda just over a month ago to see for myself the good work being undertaken by the 10 Million Trees project. The project is supported by Size of Wales and the Welsh Government and as the name suggests, the project is attempting to plant 10 million trees in the region over the next few years.

The area suffers from high deforestation which leads to threats of flooding and landslides.  With a booming population, and land in demand, trees are cut down for wood for fuel and for agricultural space. But before we point the finger, the area suffers high poverty rates, meaning much deforestation is a last resort. Would you cut down a tree to feed your family? It’s not a matter of good guys planting trees and bad guys cutting them down (although Paul & Rogers who run the project are definitely good guys!), there are all sorts of difficulties and decisions to balance.

Planting trees really helps the region; trees stabilise soil which helps avoid landslips; trees help shade people’s crops from the hot sun; trees provide sustainable supplies of fruit and fuelwood; and most importantly, trees capture masses of CO2 to help tackle climate change.

 

 

 


If you’re like us, you probably think trees are great already, but you may not realise how many people are benefiting from this tree planting project. I met a fair amount of these people, and I’m really excited to share their stories. And gosh there are some stories! It’s amazing how much a small thing like a few trees can make a big difference to people’s lives. Many of these people are already experiencing changes in their weather patterns, due to the changing climate, meaning they struggle to grow as much food as they used to, so these trees are really important.

Some of the tree nursery operators have turned their lives around too, from George who is a double amputee and continues to plant trees, to Annett & her women’s group who now have an income they never had from the trees, and are passionate about protecting the environment – they have a song saying as much!

 

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Ymweld â’r Prosiect 10 Miliwn o Goed

Mae Mbale yn le toreithiog a braf. Mae’n debyg mai dyna sut y byddaf yn cofio Uganda. Mae’r pridd coch cyfoethog a’r dail gwyrdd tywyll yn hypnotig – mae fel pe bai cyferbynnedd lliwiau fy mywyd wedi newid. Mae hefyd yn lle braf yn yr un ffordd â Chymru, yn enwedig y bobl sydd mor gyfeillgar ac yn eich cyfarch â gwen gynnes wrth ysgwyd eich llaw.

Ymwelais ag Uganda tua mis yn ol i weld drosof fy hun y gwaith da sy’n cael ei gyflawnai gan y prosiect 10 Miliwn o Goed. Cefnogir y prosiect gan Maint Cymru a Llywodraeth Cymru ac fel y mae’r enw’n awgrymu, mae’r prosiect yn ceisio plannu 10 miliwn o goed yn yr ardal dros y blynyddoedd nesaf.

 

Mae’r ardal yn dioddef yn sgil datgoedwigo helaeth sy’n arwain at y perygl o lifogydd a thirlithriadau. Gan fod y boblogaeth yn tyfu, a bod galw mawr am dir, mae’r coed yn cael eu torri i gael pren ar gyfer tanwydd ac i greu lle ar gyfer amaethyddiaeth. Ond cyn i ni bwyntio bys, mae’r ardal yn dioddef cyfraddau tlodi uchel, sy’n golygu mai’r dewis olaf yw llawer o’r datgoedwigo. A fyddech chi’n torri coeden i fwydo’ch teulu? Nid yw’n fater o ddynion da yn plannu coed a dynion drwg yn eu torri i lawr (er bod Paul & Rogers sy’n rhedeg y prosiect yn bendant yn ddynion da!), mae pob math o anawsterau a phenderfyniadau i’w cydbwyso.

Mae plannu coed o gymorth gwirioneddol i’r ardal; mae coed yn sefydlogi’r pridd sy’n helpu i osgoi tirlithriadau; mae coed yn helpu i gysgodi cnydau pobl rhag yr haul crasboeth; mae coed yn darparu cyflenwadau cynaliadwy o ffrwythau a choed tanwydd; ac yn bwysicaf oll, mae coed yn dal llawer iawn o CO2 i helpu i fynd i’r afael â newid yn yr hinsawdd.

 

Os ydych chi fel ni, rydych siŵr o fod eisoes yn meddwl bod coed yn wych, ond efallai nad ydych yn sylweddoli faint o bobl sy’n cael budd o’r prosiect plannu coed hwn. Cefais gwrdd â llawer iawn o’r bobl hyn, ac rwy’n falch iawn o gael rhannu eu straeon. Ac am straeon! Mae’n anhygoel sut y gall rhywbeth mor fach ag ambell goed wneud gwahaniaeth mawr i fywydau pobl. Mae llawer o’r bobl hyn eisoes yn profi newidiadau ym mhatrymau’r tywydd,  o ganlyniad i’r hinsawdd sy’n newid, sy’n golygu eu bod yn cael trafferth i dyfu gymaint o fwyd ag yr oeddent yn arfer ei wneud. Felly mae’r coed hyn yn bwysig iawn.

Mae rhai o’r bobl sy’n rhedeg y planhigfeydd coed wedi trawsnewid eu bywydau hefyd, o George sydd wedi colli dau o’i aelodau ac sydd yn dal i blannu coed, i Annett a’i grŵp menywod sydd bellach yn cynhyrchu incwm nad oedd ganddynt o’r blaen o goed, ac sy’n teimlo’n angerddol ynglŷn a diogelu’r amgylchedd – mae ganddynt gân sy’n pwysleisio hyn!

Case Study: Rachel’s Story, Communities Benefitting From Tree Planting Projects.

Rachel Wangwa is a young woman in the Mbale region of Uganda who is benefitting from the tree planting projects in the area. Lowri Jenkins,  who previously worked with Size of Wales as the charities campaign manager writes about her time with Rachel upon visiting the 10 million trees project.

“Meeting Rachel Wangwa was quite inspiring. She is a young mother, with very little to her name, and yet she is happy in her world. She is a member of the Bumalema Women’s Group; a group supported by the 10 Million Trees project in Mbale, Uganda, backed by Size of Wales and the Welsh Government. Being a member of the group has improved her livelihood, providing her with trees to shade and improve her crops, as well as setting up a savings and loan scheme.”

“I grow groundnuts, cassava, maize and bananas here in my garden (like a small-holding – a plot of land for farming). Trees have helped my crops; the crops need shade so they are not scorched, so they do not dry up due to excess sun heat. Since planting trees, both to mark boundaries and to shade my crops I see the benefit as the shade improves my crops which improves my food security. I don’t sell my crops, but keep them as food for my family as I only have a small garden. When I do have more crops, I can sell some so I can buy paraffin.”

“I like to tend my crops.  It’s not hard for me to work in my garden with my baby – she is still the age where she comes with me (on a sling on her back)”

“I plan to build a house on my land (see the bricks I have been saving – only use line if have photo of bricks).  The trees will provide a wind break to protect my house. In the future the trees will also provide fruit for my family and eventually fuelwood.”

“We started a saving scheme where each person contributed 1,200 shillings (about 30p) and from there it grew by month, by year. We share and lend this money so people can buy plates, chairs and household things. Now we have reached the level of buying goats – we have a male goat in the community for breeding and now the goats we produce are of high quality, both in size and in meat.”

 

Author: Lowri Jenkins, Previous Size of Wales campaign manager.