School children from primary schools on Starfish Malawi’s schools linking programme, visited Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent last week to learn about tree conservation and take part in an international project to help save the critically endangered Mulanji Cedar in Malawi.
The Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) and the Forest Research Institute of Malawi (FRIM) are running a 3 year project to help save the Mulanje Cedar, which is endemic to Mulanje Mountain in Malawi.
To raise awareness, Starfish Malawi worked together with Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the Bedgebury National Pinetum tree conservation team to run a two day event in the Pinetum where 66 children from Goudhurst, Sandhurst, Bodiam and Etchingham primary schools came together to learn about the plight of the Mulanji Cedar. All the children had the opportunity to learn about deforestation in Malawi, see the Bedgebury Pinetum and visit the nursery where they planted wild collected seeds of the endangered trees. The future of the Mulanje Cedar seedlings will form part of the propagation trials for the “Save Our Cedar” project, which Starfish is also supporting in Malawi to raise awareness in local schools.