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.
GV Kenyatta arrives in motorcade with crowds clapping in background (2 shots)
SV Tribesmen dancing and playing music
SV Kenyatta gets out of car and is greeted by Minister of Natural Resource Odongo Omamo and officials
SV & GV Tribal dancers
SCU Group of dancers singing and playing drums
CU PAN ALONG Women singing
SV Kenyatta turns soil onto root of tree
CUs Commemoration plaque
SV Kenyatta and Omamo among crowd
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Background: 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.