The Tree Project Uganda
Mutagubya Adrian Paul P.7
I am by the names of Mutyaba Adrian Paul, who is very passionate about the environment. Since my childhood, I fell in love with trees of all types which are richly grown in Uganda.
A tree is a tall plant with a track and branches made of wood. It can live for many years, trees gather light for photosynthesis through their leaves, and this process creates food and medicine for human purpose as we shall see later in my environmental tree story.
While at home my grand pa shared a good story with me about trees. He said and I quote.
“One of the reasons trees grow big is because of their ability to create woody issues and this process is called secondly plant growth.”
One of the major purpose of trees in my country Uganda is to get wood out of trees for furniture and out of this, my grand pa got big sales and he was very happy for reaping big in such an economic activity.
As a young boy I got to know that trees give us clear air to breath. They absorb carbondioxide and produce oxygen and in fact I was also told that one acre of trees can provide enough oxygen a year for people to breathe.
Ugandan trees especially absorb some of the bad pollutants in the air hence living us with a better cleaner air.
Trees provide us with food. As we shall see later in one of my maps of trees in my region, you will see the various types of trees that give us food and fruits on Ugandan soil. Fruit trees grow all over the land, for instance in Uganda, in Luwero district people grow oranges for human consumption because they are delicious and medicinal.
Trees are naturally beautiful in Uganda, my grand pa for instance planted trees all over the garden and it created a beautiful scene and shade as shelter, windbreak, to protect houses etc.
Trees provide comfort when you have a tree in a compound; you easily relax and feel fresh after a walk with a given fresh air.
At my age, without a tree at home and at my grand pa’s ancestral home, I would be sad. We normally jump, climb, and sorts of games while we develop various skills and friends as young people. Therefore trees are good for children.
Trees prevent soil erosion: Those large roots keep the soil in place and firm. Without trees, we would be living in a wasteland.
Trees give us wood: If I would count things in our home, most of them are made of wood. For instance, furniture, windows, doors, papers and many more. We depend on wood to fulfill our basic needs and so many luxury items as a result of trees.
Lastly trees increase the quality of our lives. They work for us in so many levels. They help us to keep us healthy, they give us wind, the lighting modes, they also control our stress as we rest and finally add economic value in our lives.
By Mutagubya Adrian paul P.7
Mariam Naiga P.5
Why do I like trees?
Having the beautiful green scenery mostly during wet seasons. I can’t say that they are not good because of their importances in various seasons per season, hour per hour depending on climatic changes and these are, they help in rainfall formation, provide to people, source of medicine from their coloured leaves boiled with water later after cooling a patient or victim is to take it. Trees act as a home of some of wild animals which add on government revenue through taxing the tourists, the products got from trees for example charcoal, wood and many others promotes market between the neighbouring countries.
By Mariam Naiga P.5
How does a tree grow?
Once it is rainy reason, farmers begin to prepare their gardens or land basing on what they want to plant. For example one plan for planting trees, one should have the following i.e. seeds, land, capital, labour to work in gardens etc. in order to start up as well as proper spacing is required for a tree to have enough water under the ground under the process called osmosis by the help of roots which later other parts of a tree in the social firmly to support the other parts of a tree like shoot system (stem) which later bring branches, flowers and finally bears fruits which can be eaten i.e. a mango tree bears mangoes, orange tree bears oranges, guava tree bears guavas, jack tree bears jack fruits.
Vivian Namiya P.6
Can trees get diseases?
A disease is a small living organism caused by either a bacteria, fungi or virus. A disease destroys plants and in animals sometimes kills. If we are to tell more different trees are attacked by several diseases it can either attack leaves, roots or the whole tree for example if we are to look at hardwood trees they are attacked by leaf spots, the stem rotting in some trees is caused by tar, cassava mosaic commonly in cassava. Most trees when they are attacked by diseases i.e. rotting of roots and stems can lead to falling of the trees and the yellowish colour on leaves makes the tree to shade off the affected leaves.
By Vivian Namiya P.6
Were Elvis P.6
How to grow trees?
Different trees grow in various ways but most of them grow by seeds and they are classified under conifers. They mostly bear fruits and those which are purposely grown for flowers (decoration) are known as ferns for them they do not bear fruits or seeds.
The trees are of many values to us, they possibly help in rainfall formation, provide us with firewood used for cooking food, some trees also provide us with herbal medicine for example when boil leaves and roots of some trees with water they provide us with herbal medicine mostly for flu, cough, malaria and other diseases, trees also provide us with shade during sunny days, some trees provide us with softwood purposely which helps us in paper making.
By Were Elvis P.6
Labong Trevor P.7
Challenges affecting trees and their impact
If we are to tell more, trees can be attacked by diseases which can hinder them when they are growing or during growth. For example a mango tree can be attacked by leaf rust; anthrax, nose attacks, mostly leaves and leaf spots common in hard woods, tar spots mostly on stem of some trees. Some diseases cause rotting of roots also lead to falling off leaves from the tress and cause leaves to develop a yellowish colour.
This is one of the various reasons why people chop down trees i.e. other trees are chopped down to get firewood used for cooking, to get timber used in building houses, they are also chopped down /cut down to get charcoal used for cooking in stoves, for easy settlement, to get land for farming. It has greatly damaged the environment by causing deforestation in Uganda and African countries where we have these practices.
Deforestation means the massive cutting down of trees in an area and this is common practiced in some areas of Africa. It has got a number of impacts as follows, deforestation has led to seasonal changes, due to cutting down the trees it has led to soil erosion, caused desertification and flooding of water, destruction of people’s properties.
By Labong Trevor P.7
Shariff Ndugga P.7
What is a tree?
A tree is a wooden plant having a single stem with its height at the same distance from the ground; mostly trees are always green during rainy season except during dry seasons some shade off their leaves to reduce on the rate of transpiration and also change in colour in some trees from green to brown. These are two types of trees and these include; the natural and artificial planted trees. These types fall under their examples i.e. natural trees include; Bamboo, Mahogany and artificial or planted trees. Here are some of the examples like pines, mango tree, Avocado tree, jack fruit tree, guava trees among others.
In my environment I recognise some trees which include mango tree, guava tree, orange tree, Avocado tree, which bear fruits during their seasons for example a mongo tree bears fruits twice a year (every after six months, jack fruit tree bears its own fruit every after eight months).