Tag Archives: Tree Planting

Dry Season Vs Wet Season

Emerald Colours of the Wet Season Ghana

Emerald Colours of the Wet Season

The Dun Colours of the Dry Season Ghana

The Dun Colours of the Dry Season

You can see that it’s probably wise to plant during the wet season, when rainfall is guaranteed, at least enough to establish seedlings before the dry sets in. Here, two women involved in G-lish projects help water seedlings with water carried from the borehole early in the morning.

Tree Planting in the Wet Season Ghana

Planting in the Wet Season

Dry Season View Ghana

Dry Season View

In these images you can see the stark contrast between the lush green of the wet season, a period in which food supply is grown for the year, and the bare brown of the dry.

The dry season lasts from about late October through to May, during which it rains on a handful of days. The wet season is from about May, sometimes June, to late October, during which it rains regularly.

The lack of trees is not so obvious during the wet season, but once you hit the height of the hot and dry, nothing else is on your mind except where to find shade and escape from the punishing sun.

Team Wall Building

Team Wall Building

“Shadows but no Shade”

Men from the local football teams helping to build walls to protect the Neem seedlings so they can “take root” and grow up to be shade givers and also sources of medicine–their leaves and bark are used in anti-malaria treatment, kind of handy around here.

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Progress: Seedlings’ Mud Walls

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Here we’re presenting you with images of the Neem seedlings planted in late 2010 and how they’ve fared since constructing the mud walls to protect them. During the dry season, animals and fowls roam freely wherever they like as there … Continue reading

Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Tree-planting and re-using waste that otherwise would be burnt, causing it to emit carbon dioxide and other gases, are G-lish’s contribution to reducing green-house gas emissions.

In August alone basket production consumed 8000+ plastic bags.

Here is an extraordinary statistic: If G-lish produces 1000 baskets a month (a five year target), they will support between 150-350 craftspeople and consume over 2 million (yes, million!) plastic bags per year in basket production. They will also plant 12,000 trees a year, minimum.

Since the Ghanaian government does not look like banning plastic rubbish anytime soon (although we certainly hope they do this in the fullness of time) we feel this is a good way to use the waste. Each basket uses over 220 pure water bags!

Our vision is that we create our own “green belt” across Ghana as we grow and others join our mission and support hundreds of families to improve their quality of life, while improving the quality of life on our planet too. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can contact godwin@g-lish.org

If you are in Ghana but somehow missed the baskets at Trashy’s Accra shop (because they sell quickly), email Godwin and he may be able to help you out if he has some in stock.

2. Environmental Regeneration and Conservation

Ghana’s current population is estimated to be about 23 million people. Half of this number (11.5 million) consumes at least one sachet of pure water per day. The average weight of one empty sachet is 3.5 grams. That equals 38,500 kilos of plastic waste a day, or 38.5 tonnes.

90% of Ghana’s forest cover has been lost to logging since 1957.

Goal:

  • Ensure environmental conservation
  • Ensure environmental regeneration
  • Increase knowledge of the benefits of raising trees
  • Increase knowledge of the detrimental effects of polluting the environment including the impact of rubbish and also “galamsey” (illegal gold mining—which happens in this area) on health of humans and ecosystems.
  • Educate on the basics of climate change awareness and its impact on rural, agricultural communities
  • Implement the “One basket – one tree” programme
Carrying seedlings

Carrying mango seedlings for planting

How:

  • Using plastic bags that are littered everywhere in communities in the production of craft and art. This helps reduce the harmful effects of plastic waste and pollution on local eco-systems.
  • Using scrap cloth to create craft and art together with the plastic rubbish
  • Planting trees as a multi-pronged approach to environmental regeneration and community engagement.
  • Workshops to explain the effects of pollution and potential effects of climate change in future
  • Community will plant one tree for every craft item they produce
Basketmaker and dry-season environment

Basketmaker and dry-season environment

This will have environmental, social and economic benefits to the community:

  • Improve the vegetative cover of the savannah zone and stem desertification
  • Reduce the threat of climate change by reducing green house gases
  • Create sources of food, nutrition, shade and shelter (community rest and meeting places) for years to come

Statistics for recycled basket production: One basket consumes a minimum of 230 sachet bags and half a kilo of scrap cloth. One basket leads to the reduction of plastic waste in Ghana by 595 grams, or just over half a kilo and half a kilo of cloth.

In addition, to make the tree planting a success we involve local community groups as well as the crafts people in the planting and upkeep of the trees. To date, the groups have been extremely helpful and supportive.

350 "pure water" plastic bags cut and ready to twist

350 "pure water" plastic bags cut and ready to twist