In November we planted the first 3,000 of the 30,000 trees that we plan to plant over the next few months. Tree planting around the wetland is now complete and so we have begun reforesting other parts of the reserve. 20,000 saplings of pioneer tree species will be planted on the recently purchased Matumbo Gap land and 10,000 around the Small Wetland, and much of this work will take place in December and January. Most of these saplings have been grown from seeds collected from the forest throughout the year by our rangers and volunteers. Preparing the ground, planting and care of the saplings is hard work in the summer heat and humidity (bottom photo below), but necessary to ensure a high success rate. This important planting has been funded by the World Land Trust and SOS Mata Atlântica.