Cutting down (some of) Kenya’s eucalypts

by Luigi Guarino on January 7, 2010

You may remember I threw a bit of a hissy fit some time back when my mother-in-law was forced to cut down some of her eucalypt plantation as part of a Kenyan government effort to combat the drought that was plaguing the country (it has since broken in a big way, causing much flooding in places). Well, I was there at Christmas and saw the result for myself, and what really got me was not so much what she was forced to do, but the fact that the order is not being not uniformly applied. Have a look.

gums

Now, a year ago I would not have been able to take that picture because of the thick stand of blue gums I would have been standing in. Gone now, of course, though some are beginning to re-sprout. But the question is: why weren’t the big-shot owners of the huge tea farm on the other side of the valley forced to cut down their eucalypts? They’re even closer to the stream than ours were.

Anyway, some good did come out of all this. More on that later.

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ramblingwoods February 2, 2010 at 4:13 am

Gee that is so sad….My Festival of The Trees Post..Herbie The Elm Tree

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Caroline @ Coastcard February 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Yes, those poor Blue Gums. Greetings from Wales, UK – via FOTT.

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farhad mirzaei February 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

It is a good and applied topic.

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Jacqueline February 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm

The loss of these trees must have been devastating. It must rankle when you look at the neighbours flourishing trees. Did the government not think of erosion? It’s like throwing valuable resources out with the garbage. Just yesterday I found this information on Eucalypts if you are interested – http://www.eucalyptusfacts.org/?page_id=5 Found you via FoTT’s.

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