The restored forest

Brackenhurst Conference Centre and Botanic Gardens in Tigoni, 25-km northwest of Nairobi through the Limuru highlands of lush green tea fields. Rupi Mangat visits a forest that’s been uprooted and replaced with all-indigenous trees, boosting the local animal life. PHOTO| RUPI MANGAT

What you need to know:

  • It’s a beautiful October morning at the Brackenhurst Conference Centre and Botanic Gardens in Tigoni, 25 kilometres northwest of Nairobi through the Limuru highlands of lush green tea fields.
  • Nicholson – a vet – and his team started the landscape restoration programme on the 100-acre land, gradually replacing the non-indigenous and invasive plants with local indigenous trees.
  • Likewise, the colobus monkeys have returned after 15 years because of the podo. This black and white monkey of the old forest is arboreal, meaning it rarely comes down to earth, and is a specialised leaf eater.

It’s popping with colour under the gorgeous blue sky. Orange aloes in bloom attract an array of colourful sunbirds – Variable, Tacazze,

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