The wife of one of my closest friends worked for the University in Bangkok. She connected me with one of her close friends who works for the Forestry Department in North Thailand. Early 2012 I met up with three of her team just outside Chiang Rai, one of them, Dio, coordinates a number of villages involved in the Community Forest Scheme. He is seen in the picture below with a couple of colleagues, standing by the first piece of land where were later planted our first trees. later that year, [and when I find the photo] you can see him handing over a cheque for £1000 to a village ‘headman’ [PooYai Baan] from ‘Into the woodz’ to initiate our involvement with this scheme.
I do not expect others to do what I would not. I have sufficient trust in the people that I have met to believe that they are at least as committed as I am to ensure that all monies are spent most efficiently. The villagers depend on the forest, the government gives each village a large piece of forest to manage and helps the villagers accordingly, it is Dio’s responsibility to coordinate this relationship. The villagers work voluntarily to improve the well being of the forest. I was surprised to learn that one of their main reasons for doing this is to improve air quality, one of my main
I told Dio that I would want to pay something for the work that is done, he discussed the matter with the PooYai Baan and it was agreed that the money I give not only provides new trees but also pays for food for the people working to clear and prepare the land for planting.
Consequently, each £100 spent on any of our products provides funding to ensure that 10 trees will be planted. As time progresses I expect to see this scheme grow and we will update this site reasons for getting involved was to create oxygen for future generations. accordingly to keeps our customers posted
One year later, [Feb 2012,] we returned to Chiang Rai to see how the saplings were getting on. Prior to this project, I have had no real dealings with tree planting and so was a little disappointed when I viewedthe areas where the saplings had been planted. They did not look happy. This is 'normal' for the first year or two after planting. It takes time for the roots to establish and of course without the local people clearing weeds etc, survival is more of a basttle for each sapling.