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TREE AID Golf Day at The Bristol Golf Club

  The TREE AID golf day on Friday 15th September at the Bristol Golf Club Teeing off from 1.04pm / 2 Tee Start (1st & 10th) Arrival from 11.30am onwards. Evening Drinks Reception, Hog Roast & Entertainment – arrival from 6 pm     The Detail Venue:  The Bristol Golf Club Date: September 15th Arrival: […]

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Little Angel rose

Blue Diamond and the rose that could save a life…

On 3rd July 2017, TREE AID’s Chief Executive Officer John Moffett and Corporate Fundraising Team Mark Flower and Clare Hanley-Humphries attended The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Flower Show at Hampton Court. We were invited as guests of our corporate partner Blue Diamond Group. With our best clothes on, we were ready for this most glamorous […]

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TREE AID appoints a new Chair of the Board of Trustees

TREE AID is delighted to announce the appointment of Shireen Chambers as Chair of our board of trustees.     As Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Shireen is a passionate forestry advocate in the UK. She has previously served on the boards of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Forest Research, the […]

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Kisambo Village, Yako, Burkina Faso, 28th November 2016; Mamounata Sankara, 30 with her baby daughter, Apsa, 6 months. (case study)

Celebrating TREE AID’s 30th Anniversary

TREE AID celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. 30 years of fighting poverty and desertification in the drylands of Africa, 30 years of planting trees, 30 years of working hand in hand with some of the world’s very poorest communities. The origins TREE AID was founded in 1987 by a group of visionary and technically skilled […]

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Departing Trustees

A big thank you to our departing trustees

At our board meeting in July, TREE AID bade a fond farewell to three of our long-serving trustees, Sophie Churchill (chair), Hugh Arthur (treasurer) and Simon Toomer after six years of outstanding service. From everyone one at TREE AID, thank you for your time, your knowledge and your good judgment – we wish you the […]

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Photo with Mali's First Lady

TREE AID meets Mali’s first lady

Director of West Africa Operations Georges Bazongo reports on TREE AID’s meeting with Mali’s first lady I had a meeting with the First Lady of Mali, Mrs Keita. TREE AID requested this meeting as we were wanted to confirm her commitment and support of the natural environment of Mali. I also wanted to discuss our work to protect the […]

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Stephen Tindale

Stephen Tindale 1963 – 2017

Stephen Tindale Stephen was a valued trustee of TREE AID and we are deeply saddened to hear of his death. He was brave, thoughtful and skilful, a thinker and actor in the cause of a more sustainable world. There are many who will miss his rare combination of care for others with the courage to […]

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Baribsi village, Yako, Burkina Faso, 30th November 2016;  Members of Baribsi village women's shea butter production group.

Growing Hope: Sustainable development in the drylands of Africa

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June 2017 “Our Land. Our home. Our Future” As we mark World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought it is important to remember that life can be tough for the 325million people that live in the drylands of Africa, where people rely heavily on natural resources through […]

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I love trees because…

TREE AID at the Festival of Nature This weekend, TREE AID went to Bristol’s Festival of Nature. It was such an amazing place to be and the atmosphere was wonderful. It was fantastic to see so many organisations working to protect our beautiful planet. One of the best things about the festival was the people […]

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Tadesse Gataneh is abn independent man with a reliable income, he says he now 'has the respect of his village'

Growing a way out of poverty in Wof Washa, Ethiopia

Living in the misty mountains of Wof Washa Tadesse Gataneh and his wife outside their home Tadesse Gataneh lives high up on the dramatic slopes at the edge of Wof Washa Forest. At over 3000 metres above sea level, the appearance of the landscape can suddenly change when thick clouds roll in. Tadesse and his family […]

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Abono Gebriel, Dugda, Ziway, Ethiopia, February 2017.  Tewabechi

How does a mum bring opportunity to the drylands of Ethiopia?

Tewabechi with her younger daughter Iyantu, who has ambitions to be a doctor. They stand outside their modest house in the arid drylands of Ethiopia Tewabechi’s husband abandoned her 10 years ago, shortly after she had given birth to their third child. Left destitute with no means of supporting herself and her young children, Tewabechi’s […]

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Sintayehu with his wife and three of his children

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Visiting Sintayehu Belachew in the Ethiopian mountains of Wof WashaSintayehu with his apple trees Wof Washa Forest TREE AID travelled to Wof Washa recently; a 6,000-hectare natural forest. Nestled up in the Amhara highlands, it is home to thousands of families who rely on the trees around them. When we got out of the car […]

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Butajira, Guarage, Ethiopia. February 2017. Members of Alshoni W

Women’s Cooperative in Ethiopia

Alshoni Women’s Cooperative, Gurage, EthiopiaMembers of Alshoni Women’s Cooperative in Gujarage gather for a picture. TREE AID travelled to Gurage recently – a mountain region 130km south of Addis Ababa. We drove for 3 hours from our base in the capital. The last 45 minutes was up a steep and incredibly uneven mountain road. It […]

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Radnor Hills Partnership

TREE AID launches new partnership with Radnor Hills and their Fruella fruit juice range You can now drink fruit juice to support TREE AID We’re delighted to announce that Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company have chosen to support TREE AID with their popular fruit juice range, Fruella. The company, based in mid-Wales have pledged to […]

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Bissiga Village, Yako, Burkina Faso, 29th November 2016; Tene Tiendrebeogo a member of the Women's Forest Livelihood project with a honey comb she has just collected from one of the group's 10 hives.

Women’s Group Make Money from Honey in Bissiga

Tene Tiendrebeogo a member of the Women’s Forest Livelihood project with a honey comb she has just collected from one of the group’s 10 hives. After a ten minute walk through the sweltering heat, we approach a number of hives deep in the scrub. There are ten hives in total, all of which are managed […]

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Yeshi, a young woman making a livelihood from tree planting

Youth Group Build a Business from Trees in Wof Washa

Yeshi and the Tree Planting Youth Group TREE AID travelled to the edge of the Wof Washa forest, in the Amhara highlands in Ethiopia. There we met Yeshi and her fellow youth group members, to talk about how they have used the help TREE AID has provided to form a sustainable plan for lifting themselves […]

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Women harvesting baobab in Burkina Faso

TREE AID launches Tree Food project

Did you know that food grows on trees? Superfoods, micronutrients, antioxidants – what are they, and what difference do they actually make to your health? Barsalogho, Burkina Faso Good nutrition during pregnancy and the first few years of a child’s life can be the foundation for brain development, a strong immune system, and healthy growth. It […]

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Women's shea enterprisie group

CEO visits women’s shea butter enterprise in Burkina Faso

On a hot dry Saturday in June, we visited one of TREE AID’s local partner’s SEMUS. They’ve been working in Yako region in Burkina Faso for over 10 years. We currently work together on local forest governance. We help communities to take control of their natural resources and work together with the local council to […]

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Director of Operations visits project in Mali

Tom, TREE AID’s Director of Operations visits our tree nursery and enterprise project in Samine, South Mali We woke early to begin our trip from Segou in south-central Mali to Samine, a small village in Mali’s dryland region which is playing its own part in battling desertification and land degradation. A villager in Samine using […]

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Dried Moringa leaves

Moringa: Miracle Tree

Moringa – The Miracle Tree Recently, you might have heard a lot about the moringa tree, also known as the drumstick tree, the ben oil tree or the horseradish tree. Maybe the most fitting name is the miracle tree, but what is so special about moringa? Woman preparing Moringa Moringa has many miraculous properties, the […]

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update July 16

Summer 2016 issue of Update magazine

In this issue: -Bongo River Trees project – trees and weirs on the Bongo River. TREE AID has been working with its partner RPS to restore riverbanks and improve water retention on the Bongo River. Find out how this successful partnership restored riverbanks and won a Business Charity award for our work! -The 2015 El […]

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Intrepid foresters (and dog) raise £1,400 for TREE AID

Earlier this month, an intrepid team from Forestry Commission Scotland raised over £1,400 for TREE AID. Their ‘Blue Barrel Challenge’ was done during their annual leave, and consisted of paddling the 95 kilometre Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William to Inverness. It took five wet and windy days, camping each night. Led by Malcolm […]

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