Chin­hoyi youth teams em­bark on tree plant­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khumalo Sports Re­porter

INDIGE­NOUS tree plant­ing am­bas­sador Never Bonde will do­nate 200 medium pots of trees at the on­go­ing Na­tional Youth Games in Chin­hoyi as part of the seedling nurs­ery project.

This will see each team walk­ing away with 20 trees to plant in their re­spec­tive prov­inces.

Some of the indige­nous trees he will do­nate in­clude Brachys­te­gia Spi­ci­formis (Msasa), Aca­cia Al­bida, Dichrostachys Cinerea (Mpan­gare), Fi­cus Sy­co­morus and Khaya Nya­sica.

“My in­ten­tion is to let peo­ple know the im­por­tance of plant­ing and pre­serv­ing our indige­nous trees. Lo­cal trees are fast dis­ap­pear­ing and one of the rea­sons is that our coun­try is grow­ing in terms of ur­ban­i­sa­tion and as a re­sult we are los­ing a lot of forests,” said Bonde.

“Through this do­na­tion, I want chil­dren to un­der­stand that indige­nous trees are im­por­tant be­cause they pro­vide food, se­cu­rity and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.”

He said his do­na­tion came af­ter re­al­is­ing that sport can play a huge role in fight­ing de­for­esta­tion.

“I was over­joyed by what hap­pened dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Rio Olympics when ath­letes were each given a seed and a car­tridge to plant a na­tive Brazil­ian tree as they en­tered the Mara­cana Sta­dium. In to­tal, 207 species were pre­sented, each rep­re­sent­ing a coun­try in the games.

“That is what we should be do­ing as Zim­bab­weans and not wait­ing for other coun­tries to lead the way while we fol­low,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Forestry Com­mis­sion sta­tis­tics, the coun­try loses about 330,000 hectares of land through de­for­esta­tion an­nu­ally — @khumza­llen.

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