News: TREE AID celebrates 30th anniversary

Helen West, July 14, 2017

Bristol-based charity TREE AID are celebrating 30 years of supporting communities and helping to grow trees across the continent of Africa.

In the 30 years since it was founded by a group of Bristol foresters, TREE AID has planted 13 million trees, and supported one million people, many of them among the poorest in the world.

The charity works mainly in the drylands of Africa, planting trees and supporting local communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Ethiopia, using the philosophy that in Africa, trees mean life.

The drylands are one of the most difficult places on earth to survive, yet they are home to over 350 million people. Trees can stop the desert encroaching, enrich the soil to help farmers grow crops, provide food all year round, and can be a vital source of income.

TREE AID CEO John Moffett said: “I’m very proud of what TREE AID has achieved. For over 30 years TREE AID and our partners in Africa have been working tirelessly to help the very poorest people make the most of the tree resources available to them. We’ve planted or regenerated over 13 million trees and helped hundreds of thousands of women and men to earn a living from tree products and make a better life for their families.

“None of this would have been possible without our loyal supporters, thank you for accompanying us on this journey, giving your money, time and skills to fight poverty and conserve the environment.”

TREE AID will mark the special birthday with an event at Arnolfini on July 19. Past and present members will be in attendance, and there will also be a look to the future as the charity launches its new five-year strategy.

For free tickets, please email: emily.nelson@treeaid.org

 

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