Bank leads in tree planting

Tree planting session

Staffers from the Equity Bank, Kerugoya branch have led the residents of Kathandeni section of Mt Kenya forest in a tree planting exercise where 4000 indigenous seedlings were planted.

The planted seedlings were part of the 23,000 the bank has bought for the purpose within the county.

Led by their branch Manager Simon Kanyingi the staffers spent a whole day in the company of area residents in the planting exercise yesterday.

Kanyingi said the bank had partnered with   the local community in forest conservation by providing   free indigenous seedlings in an effort to restore the destroyed flora and fauna.

He said without a well-protected forest the ideal climate which the residents depend on for their livelihood would be interfered with leading to change for the worst.

‘’ With  climate change  being real globally it’s  our responsibility , to assist the community we work the communities we do business with and ensure their environment was  well conserved, “he said.

Kanyingi  said his organisation will continue associating itself with matters conservation hence  its presence within the county.

The bank  has financial services for farmers wishing to establish private  commercial tree nurseries.

The county   conservator   of forest Monica Masibo who was present said her officers were always available to partner with Organisations wishing to be involved in environmental conservation.

“We have planted trees in this county in various places and also partnered with various organizations in   this endeavor to make the area greener than we found it ,”she said.

The  benefiting community on the other hand promised to ensure the seedlings  planted were  tended to until maturity .

“Since we benefit from keeping bees  within the forest and also firewood and  water sources , its incumbent upon us to   ensure the forests were well protected from illegal activities ,”said  Julius  Njagi , a resident.

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