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Brackenhurst Botanic Garden
Kenya - Limuru
Institution Code: LIMU
International Agenda Registration: Y
Restored indigenous forest at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden (Photo credit Barney Wilczack)
About the Brackenhurst Botanic Garden
Since its founding in 1990, this botanic garden has restored a 40 hectare area of forest.
Forest Restoration in the East African Uplands
Brackenhurst Botanic Garden’s restoration of upland forest near Nairobi has become a model for East African habitat restoration initiatives. The forest in the region was once so extensive that it hosted leopard, buffalo and elephant, and blocked city residents’ view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Less than 2% of original forest remained before work began, with the rest mostly transformed into tea and eucalyptus plantations.
One hundred acres (40 hectares) of tropical rainforest have now been replanted. In just 12 years, the project has replaced exotic tree plantations with a 30-foot tall native forest that shelters lianas, orchids and a species-rich understory. The forest is now home to over 170 species of birds, 120 species of butterfly, as well as fruit bats. The project also provides livelihoods in an area of high unemployment, by training and employing local people. Plans are underway to further expand the restored area.
Ecological Restoration Alliance
27 March 2013
13 April 2006