President Jomo Kenyatta started off this year's 'National Tree-planting Day' at Nakuru in Western Kenya on Friday (19 April) when he planted a tree at a colourful ceremony.
President Jomo Kenyatta started off this year's 'National Tree-planting Day' at Nakuru in Western Kenya on Friday (19 April) when he planted a tree at a colourful ceremony. Throughout the rest of the country, two million tree seedlings were being planted throughout the day after a massive distribution campaign.
Kenya began its 'Tree Days' in 1964 in an effort to re-establish the country's depleted natural afforestation to combat soil erosion, restore greenery to arid areas, and re-balance the nation's ecology.
The first ceremony was also conducted by President Kenyatta, who planted a symbolic Mugomo tree at the site where the country's national flag was first hoisted at independence the previous year.
This year, he told the crowd at the Nakuru ceremony that he had seen a 'great change' across the country since that first tree-planting day. It was undeniably a better country to live in -- but great care should be taken to conserve the natural environment, he said. Trees formed a part of the total environment and were closely associated with survival -- they must go on being planted.