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close this bookSpecial Public Works Programmes - SPWP - Planting Trees - An Illustrated Technical Guide and Training Manual (ILO - UNDP, 1993, 190 p.)
close this folder7. Planting trees outside woodlots and forests
View the document(introduction...)
View the document7.1 Trees in crop and grazing land
View the document7.2 Alley cropping
View the document7.3 Intercropping in rotation
View the document7.4 Intercropping for tree planting
View the document7.5 Shelterbelts
View the document7.6 Road-sides and river-sides
View the document7.7 Homesteads and public places

7.7 Homesteads and public places

The household compound and public places (school yards etc.) are important areas for tree planting. Trees often add to the comfort, beauty and utility of the place.

It is practical to have trees around the house where they can be protected and tended with ease. Most people are more likely to benefit from a few trees planted in their home garden than from central woodlots or forest plantations. In many countries it is the women who are responsible for homesteads. Trees planted around the homestead might therefore directly benefit the women, a group which is often difficult to reach through tree planting projects.

The choice of species for homesteads and public places must be made by the people who will live in and use the areas. However, fruit trees and multipurpose trees are often preferred. Trees with noxious odours or irritating pollen (for example, the Croton species) should be avoided.

Homesteads and public places


Home garden

Tended with care

Common mistakes in planting trees outside forests

Ownership, duties and rights not clearly defined.

Advantages and harvest are expected too fast. Farmers get disappointed and stop caring for the trees. Expectations must be set realistically.

Suitable species, such as fruit trees and agroforestry trees, are not available from nurseries.

As regards leasing of land:

Contracts are too complicated.

The legal framework is not clear.