Jan 18, 2012, 2:11 PM
community of Foni Bondali village in collaboration with the Village Development
Committee and the regional forest office in West coast Region over the weekend
embarked on a massive tree planting exercise at their home village.
The exercise spearheaded by the village AlKalo witnessed five hours of intensive tree planting of one thousand five hundred Jalo-tree seedlings.
The community of Foni Bondali Tenda deemed it fitting considering the massive felling of trees, hence the need to replace the forest cover.
The community were able to replace or transplant at least one thousand five hundred seedling that were provided to them by a native of Bondali, Babucarr Badjie who also is a forestry officer attached to Brikama Regional Forestry office in West Coast Region.
Speaking at the exercise, Babucarra Badjie, the donor thanked the village Alkalo of Bondali Tenda for mobilising the youths, women and elders to that very important tree planting exercise, which was geared towards complementing government’s initiatives.
He further stated that the large turnout was a clear indication of the unity and cooperation that exist in their village.
Mr Badjie urged them to continue replacing the felled trees that would help the nation greatly in protecting the forest cover.
He also praised the community for always being in the forefront of development and he advised them to separate development from politics.
Also speaking, the village Alkalo, Alagie Fatty, commended the youths for being very active throughout the exercise, noting that without the participation of the youths the country would be nowhere.
He declared that the youth are the cream of the society, and he praised the regional officer for his encouragement and support to ensuring that the exercise became a reality.
For his part, Amadou Jallow commended Babucarr Badjie for his effort in ensuring that the said community got the tree seedlings as he dilated on the importance attached to replacing the forest covers.
He also thanked the village alkalo for his encouragement and support in ensuring that the exercise had become a success.