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Freetown City Council Delegation Explores Afforestation Techniques at Miro Forestry

A delegation led by Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of the Freetown City Council (FCC) paid a study visit to Miro Forestry's operations in Mile 91 with the aim to explore advanced tree planting techniques.

The delegation comprised of FCC ESO Mustapha Kemokai, Councilors Mohamed Darboh and Abdulai Kabba, members of the FCC #FreetownTheTreeTown technical team, community growers, and nursery partners.

Miro Forestry, renowned as the largest forestry plantation in West Africa, undertakes significant afforestation efforts, annually planting an impressive 3-5 million trees. While a majority are for commercial purposes, Miro also dedicates resources to planting 16 indigenous species for afforestation and re-wilding initiatives.

The primary goal of the visit was to gain insights into Miro Forestry's advanced plant nursery techniques, which boast a remarkable 97% survival rate, accelerated gestation times, and rapid tree growth rates. This visit proved to be both informative and inspiring for the FCC delegation.

Mayor Aki-Sawyerr expressed eagerness to incorporate the knowledge and techniques acquired from Miro Forestry into future tree planting endeavors in Freetown. Plans for a follow-up workshop with Miro were announced to ensure smooth integration of the learnings into upcoming projects, with the aim of scaling up tree planting efforts expeditiously.

As a testament to the commitment to sustainable environmental practices in Freetown, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr planted a tree during the visit.


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