Brackenhurst Garden and Forest
The Story of Brackenhurst Forest
Can you restore a forest that has been lost?
Mark Nicholson, a local tree expert, asked the owners of Brackenhurst Baptist International Centre if he could try and turn their land back to forest again. The owners said ‘Yes’.
Twenty years after the first trees were planted, the area has become a forest again. Over 120,000 trees and shrubs are growing here. And, as the trees grow, and the forest matures, the birds, animals and insects are coming back.
Some of the trees that have found a refuge here are very rare. The Gigasiphon macrosiphon tree was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the 1990s. It is now growing happily in Brackenhurst Forest.
In 2021, the forest and gardens of Brackenhurst became the first accredited Botanic Garden in Kenya.
How long does it take to restore a forest?
Did you know that clearing land for agriculture is the number one threat to our trees?
The Botanic Gardens Conservation International Report, The State of the World's Trees (September 2021) names clearing for agriculture as the number one threat. Other threats, in order of importance are Logging, Livestock farming, Residential and commercial development, fire, energy production and mining, wood and pulp plantations, invasive and other problematic species and climate change.