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The winning picture, showing the developing forest canopy on the 30 May 2009.

Winning forest photo supports trees for Africa

Scientists from Forest Research at Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham, have donated the £400 prize money they received for their winning photograph in a Europe-wide competition to TREE AID, the charity that supports Africans out of poverty by planting trees. Matt Wilkinson, a scientist who works on the role of forests in climate change, entered

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Going from coast to coast for TREE AID

Muriel Gray canoeing on Loch Ness James Ogilvie and a group of his forester friends are canoeing coast to coast across Scotland, raising money for TREE AID.  James recently completed the Seven Summits Challenge, climbing the highest peaks on the world’s continents, raising money for TREE AID on each expedition. Now James and the Social

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Dawadawa flour is excellent for beekeeping

Tree crops essential to rural life in Burkina Faso

  John Moffett is TREE AID’s Chief Executive Officer Tree crops, also known as Non Timber Forest Products, are vitally important for generating income and reducing hunger. The contribution of tree crop products to smallholder households: A case study of baobab, shea, and néré [dawadawa] in Burkina Faso’ is a 2015 report of the research carried out

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February issue of Update Magazine out now

In this issue: Maurice Koné, TREE AID’s Country Officer in Mali, answers questions from our  supporters and tells what life is like in Mali, a country that has seen extensive environmental damage and social unrest. We take a look at our Regreening Mapti project, where we work with villagers to restore degraded land. Local farmer Allaye

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TREE AID staff safe after hotel shooting in Burkina Faso

TREE AID staff are safe after a hotel shooting in Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso capital, on Friday, 15 January 2016. At least 28 people were killed in the attack on the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Café, which is being claimed by militant group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Our programme has not been affected

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Grow Hope appeal raises £100,000 in the first three months

TREE AID is delighted to announce that our supporters have given £100,000 to help thousands of people get the support they need to make a better life for their families. The Grow Hope appeal launched in October 2015, aiming to raise £250,000 to support 32,000 people in Africa to lift themselves out of poverty and

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Bath Half Marathon 2016 – run for your leaf!

Could you run with TREE AID? We’re looking for runners to join us in March at the Bath Half Marathon 2016. This well-established event boasts a great course through the historic city of Bath. The course follows the river Avon and thankfully avoids the hills that surround Bath. As it’s a fast and flat course,

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This National Tree Week, help plant trees and save lives in Africa

This year to celebrate National Tree Week, development charity TREE AID is calling for support to spread the benefits of trees, by helping communities in Africa plant trees and Grow Hope for their families. Every 2 minutes a child dies from hunger and malnutrition in the drylands.  Deforestation and climate change have led to degradation

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TREE AID teams up with One Tree Per Child to plant 10,000 new trees

Press Release via Bristol City Council Kevin McCloud and Pat Cash join local people to plant a unique tree ‘cathedral’ as part of Bristol’s One Tree Per Child and Future Perfect Public Art programmes.   As the tree-planting season gets underway, television broadcaster Kevin McCloud, former Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash,  Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, One

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Keeping quiet for TREE AID

11 November 2015 When I heard about the TREE AID Grow Hope campaign I thought I’d like to try to raise some money for it, and I decided to do a sponsored silence. My family thought this was very funny because I talk quite a lot. Also, I was going to do it on a

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Barsalogho, Burkina Faso, May 2012: With AFRS. Work with boabab.  (more info to follow). 

Photograph by MIke Goldwater

Take the Tree Food Challenge!

Take the Tree Food Challenge and Grow Hope for families in Africa Tree foods are a vital source of nutrition for families in the drylands of Africa. Every two minutes, a child dies from hunger and malnutrition, which kills more people every year than AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Trees provide a direct answer to

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Grow Hope this Christmas

Buy one tree, give another for free this Christmas! For every tree sold at The Christmas Forest, they donate so another tree can be planted by a family in Africa. The Christmas Forest has already enabled thousands of families to plant 150,622 trees across Africa’s drylands, Growing Hope for some of the poorest people on

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A day in the life of two working mums

Life is hard for mums – lots of demands on your attention and never enough time. But for mums in the remote African countryside where TREE AID works, life is unbelievably tough. Two working mums Alice, from the UK and Amina, from Ghana, share what daily life is like in their villages… Alice This is Alice,

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TREE AID launch Grow Hope appeal to raise £250,000

A child dies every two minutes from hunger and malnutrition in the isolated African drylands[1], TREE AID warns today, as it launches an appeal to help 32,000 families. Climate change & deforestation, has left vast swathes of the region lacking the right conditions to grow food for local communities – leaving many to go hungry.

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TREE AID staff safe amid military coup in Burkina Faso

Update 17.00 07.10.15 All TREE AID staff have now returned to their home countries. Our offices are open and our projects are operating as normal. The transitional civilian government have been returned to power and the leader of the junta, Gen Gilbert Diendere, has been charged with crimes associated with the coup. Update 14.40 24.09.15

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Reo, Burkina Faso, May 2012: A mango orchard funded by Tree Aid. (more infop to follow) 

Photo by Mike Goldwater

TREE AID data sharing promise

There have been reports in the news recently about charities selling supporter data to third parties. TREE AID would like to reassure you that we do not sell supporters personal details to anyone, and do not give them to anyone (unless required to by a law enforcement agency). John Moffett, CEO TREE AID, said: “Without

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TREE AID statement on the flooding in West Africa

There is currently severe flooding in Burkina Faso and Niger attributed to the El Niño weather system. El Niño has caused a delayed onset of the rainy season and now unseasonably heavy rains. This flooding has already affected over 40,000 people and demolished over 5,000 homes. It is likely that this extreme weather will affect

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Tree planting helps lift people out of poverty in Ethiopia

TREE AID has supported projects in Ethiopia since the 1980s famine that killed nearly 1 million people. We’ve made good progress, as shown in a recent visit to by our CEO, John Moffett. Today, the people of Ethiopia still experience extreme poverty: according to the  UN Human Development Index, 31% of the population live on less

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Ethiopia visit for TREE AID CEO John Moffett

Ethiopia has been in the news recently as President Obama is due to visit next week and a recent UN conference in Addis Ababa was successful in reaching an agreement for future development funding. Ethiopia is also looking at green energy as a long term development, and much progress has been made with regreening.TREE AID

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TREE AID’s Summer Appeal

Ethiopia’s false banana tree is good for many things… But it can never feed a family. Many Ethiopian families rely on the false banana tree for food, grinding the roots into flour to make kocho, a fermented bread. But it contains little nutrition, it simply fills children’s bellies without providing any goodness. Many families are struggling

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TREE AID welcomes Pope’s statement on climate change

TREE AID is delighted to welcome the recent statement by the Pope calling for strong and immediate action on climate change. In his first “encyclical”, a statement to non-Catholics on current moral issues, he has said that it is imperative that humans recognise their responsibility for climate change and take action to prevent it. He

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In conversation with John Moffett, TREE AID’s new CEO

John Moffett will be joining TREE AID as CEO in June. He was born in County Down in Northern Ireland and is currently living in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. John has an excellent track record in international development and has spent most of his career working on behalf of communities in Africa. After graduating with

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