The Mersey Forest has joined forces with the Kilimanjaro Project
in an effort to drive forward increased tree planting both at home and across Tanzania.
Trees and woodlands play a crucial role in supporting wildlife, improving our health and wellbeing and tackling climate change. Large scale reforestation all around the world is essential if we are to meet the target of limiting global warming to under 1.5 degrees celsius.
Both initiatives have similar aims. The Mersey Forest has an ambitious plan to increase woodland cover in the area to 12%, planting more than 10 million new trees over the next 25 years. These will add to the 9 million planted to date, many of which are now developing into community woodlands that are visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. As part of the new tree planting season, work is now underway to plant thousands more new trees across Merseyside and North Cheshire.
The Kilimanjaro Project is an environmental and social impact initiative with the vision to plant more than 50 million trees on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and across Tanzania, inspired by the founding president of Tanzania.
The Mersey Forest Partnership will be supporting colleagues working on The Kilimanjaro Project to promote more tree planting, twinning of projects and working jointly to secure new resources enable more tree planting in both Forests.
Mersey Forest Steering Group member Cllr Matt Bryan said:
"The Mersey Forest has been a successful Partnership, planting millions of new trees that provide lots of benefits for people, wildlife and the economy. We still have a huge job to do to deliver our ambitious local plans for Mersey Forest, but we also recognise that we are part of a global movement to protect and enhance woodlands and to mitigate climate change. Working with the Kilimanjaro project is a great way to highlight the role that we all need to play, working locally and globally."
Sarah Scott, founder of The Kilimanjaro Project said,
"We love creating dynamic active partnerships and our vision is to start sister forests with other organisations across the world. We're honoured to partner with Mersey forest as our inaugural sister forest and will hopefully start to set a trend, creating a rumble from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to be heard around the world. 'Tuje Pamoja' – Swahili for 'let us come together' - the only way we can protect our planet for future generations is if we do it together."