Today, on #WorldEnvironmentDay, Freetown City organized a ceremony to mark the start of planting of 1 million trees for the #FreetownTheTreeTown Campaign!
The ceremony, held at the Annie Walsh Memorial School, also honored the life of the late Rev. Linda Koroma, who passed away recently. Rev. Linda Koroma, together with Mrs Nemata Majeks Walker, had helped raise over $30,000 for the #FreetownTheTreeTown Campaign at the Mayor’s Ball in January this year.
Present at the ceremony was the Mayor Aki-Sawyerr, the bereaved family, Deputy Chairman of WARD-C, the Chief Administrator, the Head of the Sanitation and Environment Department and Councillors of Freetown City Council. Also present were representatives of numerous partners including the World Bank, Mercury International, CRS (on behalf of the RAIN Project), Wangyu Farms, the Principals of the Annie Walsh Memorial School, and Land that We Love.
Following the ceremony, twelve trees were planted in the school compound during a symbolic tree planting exercise, done to signify the start of the tree planting exercise that will happen over the next three months. A tree was planted by the husband of the late Rev. Linda Koroma, Mr Alimamy Petito Koroma, in her memory. 100 seedlings were also presented to guests who were interested in growing trees in their various homes.
Up to 500,000 trees will be planted and grown across 11 catchment areas across the Western Area Urban and Rural Areas between June and August 2020 as part of FCC’s efforts start undoing the damage indiscriminate deforestation has caused in recent times.