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raised of £1,500 target by 24 supporters

    Weʼve raised £690 to bring back the jacaranda trees to the heart of Muzuzu, Malawi's most beautiful city

    Funded on Friday, 20th December 2019

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    Mzuzu, the most northerly city in Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, is famous for its glorious jacaranda trees.

    Unfortunately, last year the city council had to remove many of the trees, so that they could upgrade the main street, and now they cannot afford to replace them.

    The former mayor of Mzuzu, Alexander Mwakikunga, is determined to restore the trees that mean so much to the people of Mzuzu and the many visitors who spend time in this friendly city. We can help him do that by raising the money needed to plant and tend the new trees.

    We need £2,000 to cover all the costs, from buying the young saplings and top soil, to covering the cost of planting them and looking after them while they grow. We are working directly with the city's Director of Parks and Environment, Mr Mtafya, and will draw up an agreement with the council once we have reached our target.

    The UK's leading forestry company, Tilhill Forestry, has already generously donated £500, so we are well on our way to meeting our target.

    We all know how important trees are to the environment, and nowhere more so than in Malawi, which is already suffering the impact of climate change, with erractic rainfall patterns and increased temperatures. The more trees we plant together, the better it is for all of us.



    • Susan Dalgety2 years ago
      Susan Dalgety

      Susan Dalgety

      2 years ago

      This is a very belated update, thanks to the pandemic. But three days ago I visited Mzuzu for the first time since 2019, and saw all the new jacaranda trees that you helped plant. There are around 20 strong, young trees on the central reservation replacing the ones that were uprooted, surrounded by some glorious planting - all thanks to your generosity, Alexander Mwakikunga's organisational skills and Mzuzu City Council.

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    • Susan Dalgety4 years ago
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      Susan Dalgety

      4 years ago

      Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. Just to let you know that, thanks to your support, the jacaranda trees are back in Mzuzu city centre. The new ones were planted on Friday, 24th January. Alexander, the former mayor, has sent me some short clips which I will share on Facebook, but in the meantime, here is a picture of him (in the centre) planting one of the beautiful trees that you helped buy. Thanks! Yewo! Susan and Alexander

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    • Susan Dalgety5 years ago
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      Susan Dalgety

      5 years ago

      Hello everyone. Thanks for your generous donation. We have a corporate sponsor Tilhill Forestry (£500), so we are nearly at our target...but one more push is needed to reach our final target. I don't want YOU to give any more, but if you can pass this on to your friends and family, that would be great. We hope to start planting in mid-December!

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    • Rhona


      Dec 19, 2019


    • Peter and Jill Whitfield

      Peter and Jill Whitfield

      Dec 10, 2019

      Good luck and keep us posted on progress. Jacaranda trees are one our favourite trees, espcially in the spring!

    • Anonymous


      Nov 28, 2019

      Thank you for doing this Susan

    • Callum Stanners

      Callum Stanners

      Nov 28, 2019

      What a wonderful project!


    • Vicky Allan

      Vicky Allan

      Nov 2, 2019


    • John Pickles

      John Pickles

      Oct 31, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Oct 27, 2019

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    Susan Dalgety

    Susan Dalgety

    Susan Dalgety is writing a book about Malawi, to be published in 2020. Alexander Mwakikunga was a city councillor from 2014 to 2019, and Mayor of Mzuzu from 2017 for two years.

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