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Tooro Botanical Gardens

Uganda - Fort Portal

Institution Code:

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Tooro Botanical Gardens

Located in Western Uganda, this botanic garden undertakes reforestation using indigenous tree species in collaboration with local partners.
Staff at Tooro botanical gardens are experienced in the propagation of many indigenous species, maintain a medicinal plant garden and undertake education programs.

Main Address:
Tooro Botanical Gardens
P.O. Box 21
Fort Portal

Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Godfrey Ruyonga
    Curator's Name: Edward Rugumayo
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 2001
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 0.6605
    Longitude: 30.2783
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Focus on indigenous and medicinal species

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes

Restoring degraded forest in Uganda

Tooro Botanic Garden in Western Uganda have been propagating native tree species since their establishment in 2004. With a strong knowledge of the native trees, their medicinal and other uses and how to propagate them, the garden has embarked on a number of restoration projects.

As part of a joint project with BGCI, in 2012 Tooro Botanic Garden began a project to restore degraded forest areas around the garden. Working in collaboration with local communities and government, Tooro Botanic Garden is restoring 3 degraded Local Forest Reserves, 2 outside of the botanic garden and 1 site within the botanic garden grounds. All 3 sites are designated Local Forest Reserves, but the primary forest was illegally cut down, the sites were then replanted with Eucalyptus, which was subsequently felled.

Tooro Botanic Gardens has selected which native tree species to incorporate into restoration sites, based on their own propagation knowledge and the needs and desires of local communities. Restoration at all sites is going well.

BGCI is promoting the work of Tooro Botanic Garden and together, we hope to expand forest restoration activities more broadly across Uganda and throughout Africa.