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British High Commission Banjul donates indigenous trees to Bijilo Forest Park

The 1,000 tree saplings were donated to Bijilo Forest Park and the Gambian Forestry Department this weekend by the Deputy High Commissioner George Sherriff.

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Deputy High Commissioner George Sherriff donating tree saplings to Bijilo Forest Park
Deputy High Commissioner George Sherriff donating tree saplings to Bijilo Forest Park

The British High Commission Banjul has donated 1,000 indigenous tree saplings to Bijilo Forest Park as part of a project funded by the High Commission to help conserve Gambia’s indigenous tree species.

The 1,000 tree saplings were donated to Bijilo Forest Park and the Gambian Forestry Department this weekend by the Deputy High Commissioner George Sherriff in a ceremony which saw the Deputy High Commissioner plant Mahogany saplings in the forest park.

Commenting, British Deputy High Commissioner George Sherriff said:

Bijilo Forest Park or the ‘monkey park’ as it is commonly known to many is a well visited and much loved part of the tourism development area in The Gambia. The donation of these 1,000 saplings should help educate both Gambians and tourists about the wonderful indigenous flora which exists within The Gambia and which needs our help to survive. It should also help sustain Bijilo Forest Park as a sanctuary for many of Gambia’s birds and animals.

This donation is part of a wider project the British High Commission Banjul is funding to plant 25,000 indigenous tree saplings across 6 forest reserves in the West Coast Region.

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Published 22 August 2013