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The Future Forest Appeal

Donate between 12th April – 11th July and your gift will be doubled by the UK government.
£5 a month over the course of a year could provide a community along the Great Green Wall with six life-changing trees to provide and produce to sell all year round.
£8 a month over 12 months could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£14 a month for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£15 a quarter over the course of a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£24 a quarter over one year could provide a family with the tools they need to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£42 a quarter for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£60 a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£96 a year could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£170 a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£20 could plant two trees in Metema's frankincense forest and bring the forest back from the brink of extinction. When doubled by the UK government, it could plant four trees!
£50 could train someone to sustainably extract frankincense from trees, giving them a source of income. And you could double your impact if you donate today.
£75 could provide community training in business skills to ensure they get the best price for their frankincense, giving them a source of income. With UK government match funding, your gift will have double the impact.

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Double your impact

What you are about to do will help save a forest from the brink of extinction. With your support, we can work with communities to protect their forest to tackle the climate crisis and contribute to the Great Green Wall across Africa.

Donate before 11th July and your gift will be doubled by the UK government, meaning you can have double the impact. 

Saving Metema forest

With your support, we can work with communities in northern Ethiopia to protect trees, restore land and save the Metema forest from extinction. Together we can tackle the climate crisis and build a Great Green Wall to stop the advancing desert.

Through the Future Forest appeal you can stand with people like Derese, helping them to save the forest so they can live from its trees for years to come. In his lifetime Derese has already seen huge changes in the environment and worries for the future, "I sometimes think that this area will be turned into desert and might not be able to support life in the near future."

Our virtual forest

Donate to the Future Forest appeal before July 11th to join our community of supporters in the virtual forest and have your own personalised tree. 

Add your name or dedicate your tree to a loved one, then watch it grow! Every tree added to Tree Aid's virtual forest will help communities in Ethiopia to protect trees and save their forest. Your tree will also help Tree Aid contribute to the Great Green Wall - a bigger movement of change, re-greening land across Africa.

Join our virtual forest

Why we need your support

Across the drylands of Africa people are living on the frontline of the climate crisis. Temperatures are rising, trees are disappearing, the land is becoming infertile and the desert is spreading. People can’t grow enough food to feed their families and are being plunged deeper into poverty.

The Metema forest in northern Ethiopia is in the last green belt before the start of the desert. But without action, it could be extinct within 20 years. This will have a devastating impact on communities who rely on the forest for food and income. There will be no buffer between them and the encroaching desert.

Derese standing and smiling in front of his home in Ethiopia

“My message for people supporting this initiative is that your support will have a generational impact on people and the environment they live in." Derese, Metema, Ethiopia

Read Derese's story

The power of frankincense

The Metema forest is extra special because of its frankincense trees which provide a lifeline for local communities. In Ethiopia, families can sell frankincense resin for use in essential oils around the world, to make an income.

Frankincense trees also boost soil fertility, are drought-hardy and can survive when other crops fail, helping families build resilience to the climate crisis. With tools and training, people can learn more sustainable ways to harvest frankincense while protecting their forest for the future.

Brothers Sied and Yiman holding frankincense that they have extracted from trees in their local Metema forest

Double your impact today

Join the Great Green Wall movement today and you can have double the impact. Donate before 11th July and your gift will be doubled by the UK government - meaning together, we can help to save the Metema forest in Ethiopia.

Your donation will contribute to the Great Green Wall movement across Africa to tackle poverty and the climate crisis. The UK government’s match funding will fund the project in Metema, Ethiopia, working with communities to tackle the climate crisis and generate a sustainable income from trees.