From childhood dreams to sustainable futures
Kennedy Chinyere, director of Trees of Hope, was born and raised in rural Zimbabwe
and has witnessed the effect of over zealous deforestation
for farming, firewood, mining, timber and firing kilns.
At twelve years old Kennedy planted his first trees on the family land.
30 years later and those trees are the inspiration for the Trees of Hope project.
Trees of Hope was constituted in 2020 with a broadly representative committee to oversee work in the UK and Zimbabwe.
Our vision is for a thriving, diverse and balanced ecosystem
and for a return to living in partnership with the land.
Raise awareness of how essential trees are to our safe future in a thriving ecosystem
Design and implement practical sustainable solutions
for tree planting, care & safeguarding
Empower local communities (children, young people and adults)
to create positive change for future generations
Promote the essential relationship between music, landscape and community
Completed 2019, working with local communities in rural Zimbabwe using locally sourced materials and labour
Build a tree nursery
Set up a seed storage system
Dig a well to irrigate the nursery
Research trees and map out a forest garden
Consolidate local project leaders in Zimbabwe
Gather footage, photos and interviews for promotional material
Initiate plans for interim activities (May to October 2019)
* Compost making
* Seed collecting & planting