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Zomba Forest Lodge set up TREEZ (The Reforestation of the Environment and Ecosystem of Zomba), a small conservation organisation, 8 years ago.

TREEZ started by sponsoring the Happy Hammers football and netball teams to help fight fires and carry out fire prevention activities.

Now, 8 years on, TREEZ counts over 200 members, spread into more than 15 groups including sports teams, but also church choirs, a youth group and our very own hip hop band The Bright Dreamers.

Each group has an allocated area of responsibility for which they receive money for each tree within their area, no matter how big or small; they all count. Above are some of the groups photographed when their annual tree count money was given to them (It was a misty day 😅)

To date, in these areas, we have counted over 90,000 trees that have been protected. This past year, we have also started counting and paying for trees within the community as well, in order to encourage people to plant more trees. This brings the total to well over 110,000 🌱☘️🌿

In a country that suffers from a debilitating rate of deforestation, our work is more important than ever and we celebrate every tree that has made it through the year!

A big thank you to Jonas Beyard, our TREEZ right-hand man, for his hard work and his ongoing dedication to the cause, and to all the TREEZ conservation group members 👏

And a huge thank you to all of you who support TREEZ, directly and through the Run4reforestation 💚

Happy Earth Day everyone 💚

Here are some lovely words that left us speechlessly happy, written on our Trip Advisor page:

"Our stay at Zomba Forest Lodge was absolutely amazing. A peaceful retreat up in the mountains, where you can't help but unwind and feel relaxed. The grounds surrounding the lodge are honestly breathtakingly beautiful and it was well worth the drive up the steep mountain. Upon arrival Tom and Petal greeted us with cocktails, made with home-made gin which were the most delicious we've had whilst in Malawi. We loved that everybody eats dinner together and that you get to meet a variety of amazing guests throughout your stay. The food was absolutely sensational and the chefs are very attentive to your needs. It was my birthday on the day of arrival and I had a truly unforgettable experience, you feel as though your worries immediately leave you at the door and you're able to find an inner state of peace. Tom and Petal are great conversationalists, very interesting people and they treat you as though you are your family! We'd also like to thank them both for all of their help with arranging our trip, outside of our stay with them and the countless amount of questions I asked Petal prior to travelling. You can really tell that they care and that they want you to have the best experience possible in the country that they love so much. They both went above and beyond to help us in anyway possible and I believe a trip to Malawi isn't complete without a stay at Zomba Forest Lodge - we were absolutely devastated to have to leave!! Thank you again Tom and Petal for such an unforgettable experience. Tash and Isamaya X"

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