DEBARKING THREATENS THE SURVIVAL OF TREES IN NGONG FOREST

Girdling, also called ring-barking is the complete removal of a strip of bark  (consisting of cork cambium, phloem, cambium and sometimes going into the xylem) from around the entire circumference of either a branch or trunk of a woody plant. Girdling results in the death  of the area above the girdle over time. A branch completely girdled will fail and when the main trunk of a tree is girdled, the entire tree will die, if it cannot regrow from above to bridge the wound.

Those carrying out this destructive activity claim that the barks make good medicine for healing stomach aches, tooth aches and that they also increase blood in the body used after boiling the barks. Among the trees affected include Warbugia Ugandensis, Olea Capensis and Scherebera Alata. We are highly against debarking because once a tree is debarked the tree ceases to survive and becomes useless.Secondly the method used to prepare the claimed herbal medicine is not proffesional and might do more harm than cure to the person taking it.

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