Supporting forest restoration at Tooro Botanical Garden - BGCI has been supporting the tree conservation and forest restoration work of Tooro Botanical Garden (TBG) in Fort Portal, Western Uganda, since 2012. This work contributes to BGCI's project Enhancing Tree Conservation and Forest Restoration in Africa.
Situated on a previously degraded Central Forest Reserve, TBG has increased the number of species represented on the site from 19 to 126 tree species in the past four years (2012 - 2016). In addition to restoring the site of TBG, they have brought two Local Forest Reserves in the Fort Portal region under indigenous forest restoration. These sites demonstrate the benefits of restoration and are testing the performance of indigenous species. Propagation protocols are being developed for top performing species in the nursery at TBG. The nursery sells indigenous tree seedlings to support other forest restoration and tree planting projects in the region.
BGCI ran a training course in 2015 in Uganda focusing on tree seed collection, in collaboration with the Uganda National Gene Bank and the Kew Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. The course was attended by representatives from botanic gardens and government. The course taught best practice in seed collection, including how to sample for genetic diversity, how to avoid overharvesting, and how to process seed in the field to avoid loss of viability.
BGCI is grateful to the Ashden Trust for their support to our work in Uganda.
If you are interested in collaboration or supporting work of BGCI and our Ugandan partners please get in touch.
Restored forest plot within Tooro Botanical Garden intercropped with leguminous vegetables 1.5 years after planting, 2014
Restored forest plot within Tooro Botanical Garden 3 years after planting, 2016