Machakos county forest cover has dropped to 3.3 per cent compared to Makueni and Kitui counties with 13 per cent and seven per cent, respectively.

Speaking to the Star in his office yesterday, county ecosystem conservator Benjamin Kinyili attributed the low forest cover to the expanding urban centres bordering Machakos.

Kinyili said the high demand for charcoal, timber and electric poles in towns neighbouring Machakos like Nairobi, Athi River and Thika has resulted in major felling of trees.

He said the county forest office has partnered with women’s representative Susan Musyoka to promote tree planting.

Kinyili said the programme will include public campaigns and road shows to promote tree planting.

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