35,480,000 SEEDBALLS DISTRIBUTED SINCE SEP. 2016
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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.
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Photo courtesy of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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.
JUST THROW AND GROW!
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Behind the seeds'
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LARGE SCALE SEEDBALL PROJECTS
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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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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.
South Eastern Kitui University;
Kibwezi Well Wishers;
Save The Giraffes Now;
Kijabe Forest Trust;
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust;
Kampour Travel Foundation;
Mother Earth Network;
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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