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Trees for schools

Written by: Jeminah Mkhize

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) thanks MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet for the collective generous donation received during the past two years. With this donation we successfully planted 161 trees through our Trees for All programme at nine schools.

planting trees

Contributions went towards greening beneficiary schools that MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supports. These 161 trees have led to the sequestration of 59 tons of carbon dioxide and they created 4 hectares of urban forest.


Trees for All greens, educates, offsets carbon emissions and transforms schools and other community centres into healthier, more sustainable environments.

planting tree

FTFA receives applications for trees from disadvantaged community groups (including many schools) in barren, dusty townships across South Africa. Once approved, FTFA provides trees for as many as possible with assistance from funders such as MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.


Indigenous and/or fruit trees are ordered from the nearest tree supplier and, where possible, from emerging nurseries to promote local economic development. The trees are then delivered with branded instructions on how to plant and maintain them. Information on climate change is also provided.

school planting trees

Tree planting events are an excellent opportunity to spread awareness around climate change, environmental and sustainable development issues, as well as educate the recipient communities on all the wondrous gifts we get from living among the trees.

planting trees at schools

More than 4.2 million trees have been distributed by FTFA since 1990, but there are still calls for many more. Trees green the surroundings, settle the dust, reduce noise pollution, provide shade, sequester carbon dioxide (one of the major greenhouse gases), improve the aesthetics and promote biodiversity.

climbing trees

All the schools were delighted to be given this gift of life and many letters of gratitude were received.

planting trees at school

As awareness of our impact on Earth grows, it is accompanied by a realisation of the need to take green action. FTFA offers 22 years of greening experience through the six internationally recognised programmes. With food insecurity and food prices rising, support for FEED (Farmers Eco Enterprise Development) Africa and Food Gardens for Africa is invaluable. The programmes bring fresh, organic produce to undernourished communities. Improving their skills and opportunities, to not only eat well, but to generate income and join the green economy. Trees for Homes and Trees for All, give trees a symbol of life and a lasting gift that cleans our air, decreases carbon emissions, reduces erosion, provides shade, reduces noise, helps to keep our water clean, provides fruit, nuts and medicine, provides wildlife habitat and contributes to civic pride. EduPlant, South Africa’s leading schools’ food gardening and greening initiative and lastly Bamboo for Africa provides many enterprise opportunities as well as sequestering carbon dioxide and mitigating climate change, .

carrying compost

Take a tour of the FTFA website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the great green work we are doing for you, your children and theirs. Make Food & Trees for Africa a beneficiary on your MyPlanet card so we can continue to work with you more towards a greener and lower carbon future for us all.

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