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Wessanen UK plants 1,500 trees with the International Tree Foundation in Mount Kenya

Camberley, Surrey

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Natural and organic food company, Wessanen UK joined the International Tree Foundation (ITF) on a tree planting mission in Mount Kenya as part of the charity's 20 milllion trees appeal. It gave Wessanen UK's employees the chance to see first-hand the great work that Wessanen UK is supporting via the ITF.

Natural and organic food company Wessanen UK – owners of Clipper Teas, Kallo, Mrs Crimble’s and Whole Earth – joined the International Tree Foundation (ITF) on a recent tree planting mission in Mount Kenya.

During the seven-day trip, the group planted over 1,500 trees contributing to ITF’s Centenary Campaign to plant 20 million trees in Kenya’s highland forests by 2024.

Beth Roxburgh and Aida Tamulyte, from Wessanen UK were joined on the trip by, charity Tree Sisters, ITF staff and the Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation group who are coordinating the planting in Mount Kenya Forest

The trip provided Wessanen UK’s employees with the opportunity to experience first-hand how Wessanen UK is helping to support local projects and communities in Kenya.

Wessanen UK is one of ITF’s main donors and represents its biggest corporate partnership.

Last November, Wessanen UK funded a large-scale planting scheme with the ITF in Mount Kenya wherein 50,000 trees were added to the landscape – a plot of land Beth and Aida were able to visit on the trip.

Ann Chambers, HR Director at Wessanen UK, comments:

“At Wessanen UK we are hugely passionate and supportive of the great work the International Tree Foundation does to help local communities and they share our belief in the importance of community-led sustainability.

“The trip was a fantastic opportunity for our employees to see the value of our partnership with ITF, and how it is changing people’s lives in some of the most deprived communities in Kenya.

“It shows how much we can achieve as a business. By supporting ITF and planting more trees we are slowing global warming, giving jobs to people, giving them food, providing wood for furniture, firewood and others important products, protecting homes for animals, birds and insects and much more.

“More trees means a healthier and greener planet.”

Through its dedicated work and fund raising, ITF is helping to create a positive change in people’s lives in Kenya. This includes giving the women working in tree nurseries more financial independence and opportunities and sharing knowledge with younger generations about the value of trees through the 20 trees and me initiative.

Naomi Hope, Communications and Fundraising Officer at International Tree Foundation, says:

“The Mount Kenya Tree Challenge was a great opportunity to engage Wessanen UK staff in our work on the ground. Wessanen UK are the first corporate sponsor of the 20 Million Trees Campaign, and their support allowed us to launch the first tree planting activities in November last year.

“International Tree Foundation values community-led forestry, and the trip allowed us to meet with the community members, many of them women’s groups, who are engaged in reforesting their country.

“It was inspiring to see Beth and Aida working hand in hand with the local community to plant the first trees of the season. At a time when Kenya is experiencing widespread drought, the 20 Million Trees Campaign is more important than ever. Trees play a vital role in maintaining the country’s rivers, lakes and drinking water, as well as providing sustainable livelihoods to rural populations and a whole list of other benefits.”

With the help of Wessanen UK, we will be expanding the Campaign to all of Kenya’s highland forests.

Wessanen UK partnered with ITF in August 2016 and was the first corporate sponsor for ITF’s 20 Million Trees Campaign.

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At Wessanen UK we are hugely passionate and supportive of the great work the International Tree Foundation does to help local communities and they share our belief in the importance of community-led sustainability. The trip was a fantastic opportunity for our employees to see the value of our partnership with ITF, and how it is changing people’s lives in some of the most deprived communities in Kenya. Ann Chambers, HR Director at Wessanen UK
It shows how much we can achieve as a business. By supporting ITF and planting more trees we are slowing global warming, giving jobs to people, giving them food, providing wood for furniture, firewood and others important products, protecting homes for animals, birds and insects and much more. More trees means a healthier and greener planet. Ann Chambers, HR Director at Wessanen UK
The Mount Kenya Tree Challenge was a great opportunity to engage Wessanen UK staff in our work on the ground. Wessanen UK are the first corporate sponsor of the 20 Million Trees Campaign, and their support allowed us to launch the first tree planting activities in November last year. Naomi Hope, Communications and Fundraising Officer at International Tree Foundation
International Tree Foundation values community-led forestry, and the trip allowed us to meet with the community members, many of them women’s groups, who are engaged in reforesting their country. Naomi Hope, Communications and Fundraising Officer at International Tree Foundation
It was inspiring to see Beth and Aida working hand in hand with the local community to plant the first trees of the season. At a time when Kenya is experiencing widespread drought, the 20 Million Trees Campaign is more important than ever. Trees play a vital role in maintaining the country’s rivers, lakes and drinking water, as well as providing sustainable livelihoods to rural populations and a whole list of other benefits Naomi Hope, Communications and Fundraising Officer at International Tree Foundation

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