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Aerial Seed-Balling! Proof of concept on how to hoover seedballs out of an aircraft for distribution. These balls each contain an Acacia xanthopholae (yellow fever tree) seed at their center encased in a hard capsule of charcoal dust, binders and nutrients to see them through safely to the next rains. Grass seed can be included as 'companions'. Eight indigenous tree species are now available on order and stocked in Nairobi and Nanyuki.

The inaugural aerial acacia tree seeding trials with the biochar seedballs

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One of the sections of the new SGR with a bag of charcoal most likely made with trees chopped down from this same area.

Re-seeding an abandoned murram quarry dug for the Standard Gauge Railway with acacia tortilis seedballs.

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Seedballs have use in nearly any region where plants can grow: for reseeding ecosystems into areas of man-made deserts, avoiding seed eating insects and animals and protecting seeds until rains fall to soak the clay ball and stimulate the seeds. Seeds contained in such balls then germinate in ideal conditions for each climate/region.

The process is usually done as a large-scale project with hundreds dropped in a single area at any one time. Provided enough water, adequate sunlight, and low competition from existing flora and fauna, seed-balled barren land could be host to new plants in as little as a month.

 

It's simple,

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Seed-balling,

seed bombing or in some cases aerial reforestation, is a technique of introdusing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping seedballs. Often, seed bombing projects are done with arid or off-limits land (for example privately owned).

Many many thanks to Deutsche Welle TV for this very fun short documentary on how to plant trees using a slingshot!

 

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The seedballs that could reverse Kenya's deforestation.

One social entrepreneur hopes that by using specially-coated tree seeds, Kenya's lost forests can be restored.

 

Part of our series Taking the Temperature, which focuses on the battle against climate change and the people and ideas making a difference.

 

Video producer: Joseph Vaneeckhout; Producer: Pauline Mason

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