5,000 trees were planted with funding from WLT’s Plant a Tree programme, which funds one tree for £5. All the trees are grown from seeds collected from the indigenous tree species of the neighbouring Atlantic Forest, and cultivated in REGUA’s tree nursery before being planted on the steep slopes of the cleared area called the Matumbo Gap.
The Matumbo Gap has been a priority for reforestation as it would create a wildlife corridor between two areas of forest under REGUA’s protection (funded by WLT), and REGUA has reported that the reforestation is going well.
Nicholas Locke, President of REGUA, told WLT “We are pleased with the growth of the trees. This young forest continues to mature, with some pioneer plant species bearing seeds and fruit feeding the native fauna, especially bats and birds. We look forward to seeing the results, but already the local community is overjoyed with the change on its doorstep.”
REGUA’s mission is to protect the remaining areas of Atlantic Forest and connect the fragments of habitat that have been cut off by clearance for agriculture through reforestation. Their work has seen many successes, and the thriving wildlife can be seen by visitors to REGUA in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (read more in Scott Guiver’s blog series about his time in REGUA).
WLT supports reforestation through the Plant a Tree programme in Brazil, Ecuador and Kenya. Native tree species planted to restore degraded habitats can be funded for £5 each, and supporters who donate £25 or more can receive a donation pack detailing the impact of their support.
You can also plant one tree with a simple text donation by texting ‘PLTR18 £5’ to 70070.