Equity Bank has partnered with the Kenya Prison’s Service to plant more than 5000 trees at the Kitale GK prison aimed at reclaiming 20 acres of land initially used in brick making.
The Bank’s Kitale branch manager Michael Chege said the initiative is part of the bank’s 35 years celebrations plan which seeks to have 35 million trees planted across the country as a way of giving back to the community.
“We decided to take part in environmental conservation by planting the trees as part of our corporate social responsibility programme. This will positively impacts on the environment,” Mr. Chege said.
The trees were planted by staff from the bank, students who are beneficiaries of the wings to fly scholarship programme, inmates at the correctional facility and other volunteer groups.
The Trans Nzoia prison’s commandant Simon Kiprotich said they have a target of planting more than trees on the portion of land which is 10 percent of the 200 acres of land at the facility.
“We have so far planted trees on 10 acres and we hope to plant more trees on the remaining portion of land. We have mainly planted Eucalyptus Saligna and Grevillea Robusta species,” said Mr. Kiprotich.
Trans Nzoia west Sub-County’s forest Officer Caroline Wakuloba said the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) will keep partnering with other stakeholders in environmental conservation efforts.
“I also urge the residents of Trans Nzoia to develop a habit of conserving the environment by not taking part in deforestation activities since this negatively affects our climate,” said Mrs. Wakuloba.