Personnel from Kenya Railways and the Railway Training Institute conducted a tree planting activity in Chepalungu Forest, Siongiroi area of Bomet County. The exercise was part of the annual tree planting carried out by the Corporation under the environment pillar of the Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.
The Corporate Affairs Manager Ms. Mary Oyuke who led the delegation said that forests are a vital natural resource to the existence of mankind. She called upon the locals to take deliberate efforts to conserve nature in order to enjoy the many benefits associated with nature.
“This is the second year in a row that we are planting trees in Chepalungu. I am really glad to see that the trees we planted last year have performed well. The need for trees in national forests is greater now than ever before. This is as result of deforestation and other forms of forest degradation. However, it is important to conserve the environment. Forests act as water catchment areas, tourist attractions and aid in hydro-power production. They are also a home to wildlife and support agriculture.” she said.
Speaking at the same function, the Senior Forest Officer Mr. Safari Opiyo expressed his sincere gratitude to the Corporation for undertaking to plant a larger section of the forest. He informed members present that trees that the trees planted in 2015 performed well and all efforts would be made to ensure the new seedlings would also grow.
“We are much honored to host you once again. We have made the necessary preparations for this exercise. We have examined the soil and I can inform you that it is fertile, of the appropriate pH and drains well. We expect that the trees will perform very well just like the ones you planted last year performed,” he said.
The trees planted were a mix of indigenous forest varieties which includes pordocapus, waburgia, prunus, nandi flame, croton mycrostanchus, fagara, polyscius kikuyensis, acacia nilotica. A total of 10,000 trees were planted over an area of 6.25 hectares.