International Tree Foundation

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International Tree Foundation
PredecessorWatu wa Mitu (People of the Trees)
Formation1922 (1922) (as Men of the Trees)
Registration no.05219549
Location
Region
Africa, United Kingdom
WebsiteInternational Tree Foundation
Formerly called
Men of the Trees

International Tree Foundation (ITF) is an international, non-profit, non-political, conservation organisation. It is involved in planting, maintenance and protection of trees. It was founded in Kenya on 22 July 1922 by Richard St. Barbe Baker as Men of the Trees.[1] It operaters in several countries in Africa and in the United Kingdom.[2] There have been chapters in over 100 countries. By some estimates, organizations he founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 billion trees, internationally.[3][4]

History[edit]

ITF was founded in 1924 by Richard St. Barbe Baker. Following his work in Kenya creating Watu wa Mitu (People of the Trees) with Chief Josiah Njonjo, he returned to the United Kingdom with the goal of raising awareness about the benefits of reforestation around the world by creating the charity Men of the Trees.[5] In 1929, a branch was opened in Palestine.[6]

In 1992, Men of the Trees was renamed to the International Tree Foundation, and has continued to work around the world in local communities on a variety of projects centred around reforestation, environmental protection and community-building.[7] In Australia there is currently still a small organization that goes by the name Men of the Trees,[8] although in England, where the charity originated, the original charity has now been fully rebranded as the International Tree Foundation.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Tree Foundation | Synchronicity Earth". www.synchronicityearth.org. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  2. ^ "ITF - International Tree Foundation". International Tree Foundation. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  3. ^ "26 trillion tree estimation", The International Journal of Environmental Studies, 14: 77, 1979, retrieved 14 August 2010
  4. ^ Warren, Piers (2006), British Native Trees: Their Past and Present Uses, UK: Wildeye, p. 79, ISBN 978-0-9541899-5-2, retrieved 14 August 2010
  5. ^ The Men of the Trees, The Glasgow Herald - Jun 18, 1929.
  6. ^ The Men of the Trees, The Glasgow Herald - Jun 18, 1929.
  7. ^ "History - International Tree Foundation". International Tree Foundation. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  8. ^ "Past & Present | Men Of The Trees WA". www.menofthetrees.com.au. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  9. ^ "History - International Tree Foundation". International Tree Foundation. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

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