• Short Summary

    An English woman, Miss Campbell-Purdie, has recently been successful in growing trees in the arid sends of the Sahara Desert - an achievement which seemed almost impossible.

  • Description

    An English woman, Miss Campbell-Purdie, has recently been successful in growing trees in the arid sends of the Sahara Desert - an achievement which seemed almost impossible.

    With the idea of halting the march of the ever-growing Sahara, she started planting trees - mostly eucalyptus and acacias - at Tiznit, Southern Morocco, in mid-January, 1960. Of the 700 planted, some 400-450 survived and grew. Miss Campbell-Purdia was also successful with one of the five rows of castor beans that she planted.

    Lack of finance prevented her from watering the trees - the castor beans were not watered at all - and the lateness in planting caused them to get only 4 1/2 inches of rain.

    With these heartening results, Miss Campbell-Purdia intends to grow a much greater variety of trees and crops during 1961. She says that a green belt of trees all round the Sahara - said to be a region of forests in time past - could be widened year by year, and, with simultaneous planting out from cases, the whole vast area could be reclaimed and once again become fertile land.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7XX4SAKO9D4ZC81QMX4FIT3EF
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XX4SAKO9D4ZC81QMX4FIT3EF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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