26,318,000 SEEDBALLS DISTRIBUTED SINCE SEP. 2016

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let's re-green kenya!

Forests are among the world’s most productive land-based ecosystems and are essential to life on earth.

Every year, seven million hectares of natural forests worldwide are converted to other land uses such as large-scale commercial agriculture and other economic activities.  Kenya has only 7.4% forest cover, well under the minimum 10% suggested by the United Nations

Join our campaign to re-green Kenya whilst helping to off-set your carbon footprint.

Photo courtesy of Kelvin Kamachu

Photo courtesy of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
 

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Seed-balling,

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

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.

 

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.

It's simple,

JUST THROW AND GROW!

'ACACIA,
the roots of Kenya
Behind the seeds'

 
Watch the documentary by OCB,
featuring Seedballs Kenya and Teddy.  
 
Sit back, see the work we do and take in the spectacular scenery of magical Kenya.

Director's Cut 10'
Extended Version 20'
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LARGE SCALE SEEDBALL PROJECTS

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Communities & Education

Soil erosion caused by land degradation is one of the most serious challenges in the dry ecosystems of Kenya.  Protecting and growing more indigenous grasses and trees is one great way to start repairing damaged landscapes like these that are becoming an increasingly common sight.

 

We would like to thank everyone who is making a real difference.  By distributing Seedballs you are truly helping to re-green Kenya.  The efforts you are making now will be long lasting. Thank you again.

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Neutralising the carbon footprint of Bolt rides and Bolt Food deliveries

Why Seedbolts?

Planting Seedbolts is:

  • Efficient: Seedbolts can be distributed at any time of the year and will wait until the first rains to start germinating.

  • Accessible: Large quantities of Seedbolts can be easily dispersed over wide areas that are often hard to reach. 

  • Productive: Direct seeding reduces transplant shock and helps young trees grow stronger roots which, in turn, helps them grow into stronger trees. The coating protects the seed until the first rainfall and then provides a favourable environment to encourage germination. 

  • Local: The Seeds are sourced from the Kenya Forestry Research Institute who keeps a stock of seed of about 220 tree species collected from more than 600 provinces across Kenya.

  • Precise: Researchers from Seedballs Kenya define what kinds of trees grow best in each area and manufacture Seedbolts designed for that area. 

  • Traceable: You can see where Seedbolts were planted by checking the map. The map has photos and GPS points of the locations where the partners spread them.

 

How will Bolt plant over 11 million Seedbolts?

Throughout this year, we’ll be distributing tree and grass seeds by road and air, with the support of various NGOs.

Specifically: 

  • South Eastern Kitui University; 

  • Kibwezi Well Wishers; 

  • Save The Giraffes Now; 

  • Kijabe Forest Trust; 

  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust;  

  • Kampour Travel Foundation; 

  • Mother Earth Network;  

  • Eden Project;  

  • and the Big Life Foundation. 

  • By initiating the Seedbolts project and planting over 11 million new tree seeds across Kenya, we’re effectively watering two plants with one hose. We’re growing new trees to neutralise carbon emissions from our services as well as stopping erosion, water runoff and improving land fertility in the country. 

TOTAL SEEDBOLTS FOR KENYA NOW REACHES 14 MILLION!

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Loading the 1.8 tons of the Kibwezi Well Wishers tree seedbolts! These are a mix of acacia tortilis, acacia mellifera, acacia nilotica, acacia xanthopholea, acacia elatior and sesbana sesban that will be planted on old charcoal making kiln sites, farms, and areas where firewood has been extracted for brick making and cooking etc.

The Seedballs team making packing 500kgs (200,000+) seedbolts look easy!  These are going to Njambini Mweiga Migori and HomaBay thanks to the wonderful efforts of the MotherEarthNetwork and Bolt

Neutralising the carbon footprint of Bolt rides and Bolt Food deliveries

Thank you very much @officialkenyaairways Fahari Aviation Wing for inviting us for this seeding demo at #Kaptagat Forest.  

Incredible stuff!

And thanks to @bolt

for supporting this big day with the Seedballs

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KONA BARIDI, NAIROBI

Thanks KEFRI, Ministry of Environment & Forestry, Kenya Flying Labs and Astral Aviation for hosting this excellent drone seeding public demo at Kona Baridi

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Subukia, nakuru county

one million seedballs in 2 hours

MOTHER EARTH NETWORK & Father Hermann Borg

1 Million Seedballs were distributed in 2 hours on

25th February 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Thanks to Farmland Aviation for donating the use of their fabulous 'Air Tractor' crop-duster to spread seedballs over the higher, further and more difficult parts of the Subukia Valley and surrounding hills.

Some of the 1,200kgs of indigenous tree seedballs that were distributed among 22 schools in the eastern side of the Lower Subukia Valley. These were planted on farm and around the schools focusing on the tree types that used to be prevalent there in the past before charcoal making took its toll.

Thanks to these seven wonderful secondary schools for taking part-

St. Michael Gatagati ,St. Ulrich Lama, Olmanyatta, Simboiyon, Wiyumiririe, Umoja, St. Francis.

masai mara

one million seedballs in a day

An ambitious planting initiative was proposed by Mara Elephant Project partner, Seedballs Kenya, to distribute over one million seed balls in the Mara in one day!

 

The proposal was generously funded by Diamond Trust Bank and MEP was asked to join as one of the key stakeholders of wildlife conservation in the greater Mara ecosystem and beyond.