Nicholas runs a very successful tree-planting project in Ashanti. Each child who is within three years of school leaving age is given a seedling to look after. The seedlings need protection against goats and chickens, and of course a lot of water. The tree that grows best wins its carer a prize!Nowadays Nicholas only plants teak trees, because they grow well and are resistent to fire. They are used for electricity and telephone poles, so participating schools can earn a little income when the trees are fully mature.
The Forestry Department recently inspected the scheme and were very impressed. They donated 300 seedlings to the project. The photo is of children from Dida and their trees.