Our approach

Since 1987 TREE AID has been a leading expert in using trees to tackle poverty and produce environmental improvement in remote and isolated areas of Africa.

We started with trees, using our know-how to show the benefits that trees can bring, and learnt that connecting what motivates people to take action with secure access to trees brings commitment and real change.

Success stories

Using our distinctive approach TREE AID’s achievements have ensured that:

  • 10 million trees have been planted across Africa
  • Millions more trees have naturally regenerated through improvements in natural resource management
  • Over 500,000 villagers now understand how to use trees for food, health and income and are able to feed their children regular, nutritious meals and protect their environment.
  • Over 1,000,000 people are feeling the benefit of better soil and water management, meaning they can grow more food, and live in a greener environment
  • 60-70% of all trees planted on TREE AID projects survive to productive maturity, compared to an average survival rate of 40% on other tree planting projects
  • 77 pence in every pound is spent on our projects. It costs £25 to train and support one person out of poverty for the long term and £1 to plant a tree.

Reports and case studies from some of our projects.

Bongo River Trees Project, Ghana

River bank stabilisation and tree planting.

Community Self-Reliance Project, Ghana

Community project ghana
Developing new skills in sustainable tree and land management and product marketing.

Forests for Food Project, Ethiopia

Forests for foodReforestation project in the Amhara Region of central Ethiopia

Kandema Rural Regeneration Project, Ghana

kandema project
Supporting villagers to improve local environmental management.

Non-Timber Forest Product Trade Programme, Ghana

non timber products
Diversifying income sources and improving livelihoods in North Ghana

Trees for Change Project, Burkina Faso

trees for change burkinaSupporting rights of access and control of forest resources to forest management groups.

Women’s Forest Livelihoods Project, Burkina Faso

womens project
Improving women’s access to and management of forests and forest resources.