In 2019 WWF U.S.A. gave a grant to Trees4Moz to educate 60 students at local schools about climate change, the importance of forests and wildlife. Students were also taught about the various indigenous trees, their medicinal properties and how to plant and grow these trees from seed. 10,000 trees of several different species of indigenous trees were grown and planted out in degraded areas of the Nhamacoa Forest.
Many areas around the Nhamacoa Forest have become degraded. With the co-operation of the local population, we intend to reforest these areas. These include the banks of the Nhamacoa River where all the trees have been cut down, as well as a steep hill on the other side of the river which is now completely barren and showing major signs of erosion. This will also increase the habitat of the wildlife now living in our forest.
For some years we have been growing indigenous trees and giving them to the children of Nhamacoa School to plant out. We now intend expanding this to include as many schools as possible to teach children the value of their trees and their wildlife.
To experiment in the cultivation of certain trees which are difficult to grow and have become even more difficult to find, such as:
Pau Ferro (the Snake Bean tree) – Swartzia madagascariensis and Umbila – (Pterocarpus angolensis
The Pau Ferro seed germinates easily but the plants die when about 30 cm high.
Umbila seeds rarely germinate in nurseries, although Antonio, our nurseryman, did succeed – once – in producing a small plant from seed. It seems that the only way to cultivate this tree is by planting truncheons.