Who We Are
Mere Plantations grow mainly Teak (Tectona Grandis) due to the resilience of the tree, and the high value of the associated timber.
For the sake of good husbandry and essential biodiversity, Mere intersperse stands with native hardwoods.
Mere grow timber for its own business, as well as contract grow for companies and institutions.
It is said we are the first generation to understand the damage we are causing to the planet. It is said we are the last generation that can do anything about it.
We either take responsibility for our actions, or we leave it to others.
Trees are the lungs of our planet, acting as filters of the atmosphere by taking in harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, locking them away in the body of the tree, and releasing oxygen.
Our working forests provide opportunities to learn and develop, whilst creating a sense of community and belonging. Providing social, economic and environmental benefits through long-term commitments. #BetterwithTrees #GrowingtheuseofWood #workingtogether #SDGs4
#FAO strengthens its collaboration with the private sector in newly endorsed #ACSFI Strategic Framework 2020-2030. Together they will catalyze innovative forest-related actions to help achieve the #SDGs. http://bit.ly/2920I8A
Establishing trees follows planting. #Teak is a light-demanding species, so regular weeding is essential through the early stages. #VegetationManagement #MechanicalWeeding @MajorEquipment2
#nowreading | Towards accurate, open and transparent #forest #data https://bit.ly/2ZPh4P8 via @UNREDD with #FAO's Julian Fox #REDD+
Restoring degraded lands through large-scale #reforestation enhances and diversifies livelihoods and improves well-being. #JobCreation #KnowledgeShare #GrowwithGhana #EqualOpportunitiesEmployer4
🆕 “Plant more trees!” cry global leaders & climate activists who see #treeplanting as a solution to climate emergencies. But many misconceptions need to be addressed before the “right” conditions for its success are met ➡️ http://ow.ly/rDdr30rafZC
@ICRAF @GlobalLF #ForestsMatter
On target for our 2020 planting season. The rains have been plentiful and growing conditions are perfect 🌦️
Replacing any under-performing or failed saplings with beat-up stock🌱#GrowingtheuseofWood #AlwaysGrowing
Improving accessibility of fire rides and roads. Preparing the site for effective fire management before the onset of the dry season. #SustainableForestManagement #WildfirePrevention #ForestryMaintenance #FLEGT4
Creating longterm rural employment on plantations can provide stability in uncertain times. Making career progression opportunities possible for all. #GreenJobs #AlwaysGrowing #SDG #FLEGT #GrowWithGhana🇬🇭
"The #forest sector must be at the heart of the #bioeconomy and of actions to #BuildBackBetter for the benefit of people and the planet," #FAO's Mette Wilkie @BioeconomyForum
2-year old healthy teak stands enjoying Ghana's tropical climate. Tending trees post-planting stimulates healthy, vigorous growth. #SustainableForestManagement #SRC #HealthySoils #SustainableGrowing4
Did you know? #FLEGT licensed products comply with laws relating to worker safety, taxation, #sustainability, and fair benefits for local communities.
Specially designed adjustable precision sprayer on our #MF390. Controlled weeding at 30cm either side of planting, leaving vegetation in centre rows between trees to protect against soil erosion. Mechanical weeding in addition to hand-weeding and #MajorCyclone #MasseyMonday
#ForestsNews: "I think we should correct our narration on tree growing, because when you say ‘tree planting,’ it is just an event; it's taking a seedling & putting it in the soil. But tree growing is a long-term investment." ➡️ http://ow.ly/XWp350B6dV4
Maximising log value through our pruning regime. Producing clean, knot-free stems and long clear boles with good heartwood to sapwood ratio. #Silviculture #FastGrowth #Carbon #Teak #SRC #FLEGT compliant🌳
Forest plantations are crucial in moving away from natural forest wood supply. The private sector play an important role in ensuring timber is sustainably grown, managed and harvested under a legal framework, ensuring quality legal timber is brought to market. #TimberTrade #FLEGT2
Minister's Press Briefing on 1. Update on reopening of air borders https://www.pscp.tv/w/chtmnzF4ZUtXWHFuQW1PalB8MWpNSmdYZFlSend4TPiu3QDCdod9cg02xOnOLGpL7X0mEHi-TBZJVAXXWRBX
Regenerating degraded landscapes can restore water and soil quality whilst creating a functional forest corridor for wildlife. Young trees can benefit from larger established root networks, sharing nutrients through stable soils. #SustainableBusiness #FLR #SRC #WorldWaterWeek4
#Teak is valued because it can withstand weather conditions and resists decay. Ideal growing conditions include a tropical climate with generous daily sunshine. Teak trees also prefer fertile, well-drained soil. #Silviculture #SRC #ThursdayThoughts4
This is the kind of thing that happens when a lifelong environmental campaigner becomes Environment Minister 👏 @ZacGoldsmith https://www.ft.com/content/a600c30b-a0d6-4dde-baa9-bf132be3b2dd?segmentid=acee4131-99c2-09d3-a635-873e61754ec6
Each tree species has its own reactions and growth performance in response to environmental conditions, such as rainfall and soil characteristics. #Teak is known for its ability to withstand the elements throughout its long life. #Adaptability #ClimateChange #RenewableResource4
Lumber prices soar to all-time high on renovation demand https://on.ft.com/31niUIf
Even with the best planting and management, a percentage of trees will not survive the first season. In commercial forestry where it's important to maximise timber production on a site, replacement of any failed or underperforming saplings is essential #Beatup #ForestryFridayFact4
Considering our environmental impact everyday. Using timber offcuts to build maintenance sheds. #Bamboo used for seedling nurseries. #Sustainability #BuildingGreen #GrowingtheuseofWood #EnvironmentMatters3
Ripped and ready for planting in Compartment 19. Soil conservation with minimum disturbance. Ripping ensures any rainfall is immediately stored in the soil profile. Also provides a good environment for seedling roots by aerating the soil. #SoilFertility #Reforestation #LandPrep4
Potential reopening of the Kotoka International Airport on 1st September2
Agyekum, one of Mere's Plantation Managers, has a small ankle fracture. Our Ghana MD, Paul, visited him at his home with fruit, medication and well-wishes from the UK head office. Agyekum was keen to share a glimpse into his normal working week👇👇👇
2018 and 2019's planting is looking really well. Stand #Management and #Maintenance is ongoing to ensure tree growth, stem quality (so ultimately timber grade) and tree health are all inline with forecasts🌱💚🌳#GrowingtheuseofWood #SoilFertility #reforestation #PlantHealth20204
Narrowed wheel setting on the MF290 with #MajorCyclone allows for precision mowing between trees- Planting density 2.5m x 2.5m. Josephine’s loving her new role 😍🚜🌳 #WomenInForestry #MechanicalWeeding @MajorEquipment3
Introducing the EU REDD Facility blog! This will be a space for free thought, but always within sight will be our mission to support tropical #forest countries find innovative approaches and solutions to their land-use governance and #SDGs http://www.euredd.efi.int/blog
Implementing #FLEGT policies. Legal and sustainable timber ensures the sustainability of supply for industry, securing forestry jobs over a much longer term. Working with the next generation on reforestation #YouthDay20204
🙌 New @FAEUSAInc Forestry mulcher has finally arrived on the plantations🇬🇭. Benefits of mulching:
1⃣Reducing impact to landscape
3⃣Long-term improvement to the soil
Let's get to work...
#IndigenousPeoplesDay Respect for cultural practices, recognising traditional beliefs and integrating them into forestry programmes is so important #reforestation #LandscapeRestoration4
The importance of ground vegetation mustn't be underestimated in reforestation- critical for stable retention of topsoil, nutrients and maintaining pH balance. Mulching ensures nutrients are returned to the soil through natural decomposition #SoilHealth #WeedControl #MajorCyclone4
A #FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement's unique combination of trade levers and governance reforms, and its multistakeholder approach to negotiation and implementation, can meet social and environmental and economic goals. https://bit.ly/33BGCC6 #fridayfact
Mere custodians of the forest. It is our honour, privilege and responsibility to deliver forests in a better state than we found them to the next generation. #SFM #reforestation #oncedegraded #BenefitSharing #RuralEmployment #FLEGT2
Find out why the legal and sustainable timber trade is essential to #COVID-19 economic recovery in this @IISD_SDGs op-ed by @FAO’s Daphne Hewitt https://bit.ly/3feWGvr
#FLEGT #SDGs #BuildBackBetter
Reforesting degraded landscapes creates a wealth of opportunities, grows a diversity of skillsets in rural communities and creates longterm jobs where they are needed most. FLR when done correctly and under good governance has many benefits #RespectCultures #GrowInGhana 🇬🇭 #FLEGT4
"Growing trees can help stop or even reverse #ClimateChange, but only when the right steps are taken."
#forests #reforestation https://twitter.com/restoreforward/status/1288814670367920130
Companies and countries have made massive commitments to restore land + grow trees. That’s great! We have a good idea of how they can grow trees the right way: https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/02/want-grow-trees-consider-these-5-lessons
Traceability from seed ➡️ ship ➡️shore. Growing timber from high-quality genetic seed stock in an ecologically sustainable manner under quantifiable governance🌱🌳🇬🇭#FLEGT #ChainOfCustody #ESG #reforestation #BenefitShare #EnvironmentMatters4
ITTO Newsletter- Tropical Forest News - July 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/itto/itto-newsletter-tropical-forest-news-july-4088993
#FLEGT-licensed timber products 🌲🌳🌳are best known for their verified legality - they automatically comply with the EU Timber Regulation. Less well-known are their considerable social, environmental and economic credentials. Want to know more? 👉https://timberbuyers.flegtlicence.org/
Did you Know?
Forest-based industries employ tens of millions of people and contribute an estimated $450 billion to annual national incomes globally— including more than $250 billion per year to economies in developing countries.
Improving livelihoods by developing degraded landscapes. Increasing the resilience of ecosystems, preventing desertification and protecting communities in the face of Global Change🌍
#RespectIndigenousCultures #BenefitSharing #FLEGT
From governments to business and NGOs, IUCN’s global standard for #NatureBasedSolutions helps implement strong, effective projects to safeguard people and planet.
Learn more about the new tool. http://ow.ly/PfAc50AG88z #ConservationWorks
Tackle #climatechange by buying sustainable wood products from members that operate under our strict Code of Conduct.
Buying from a TTF member means buying #TimberYouCanTrust
Find your local supplier: https://ttf.co.uk/find-a-member-product/
#FridayThoughts #FunFactFriday #fridaymorning
📢We are recruiting for various positions👇👇👇
Grow your career with us🌱🌳 Pls share and RT!
#Forestry #TropicalTimberYouCanTrust #ChangingClimate
Tropical timber is an important element of the global trade of hardwood, and when sustainably managed, it is a resource that benefits everyone in the supply chain. Protects biodiversity, provides food, medicine & livelihoods and essential to countries GDP. #WednesdayThoughts
#nowreading Teaknet Bulletin Volume 13 Issue 3
July 2020, announcing a TEAKNET Webinar Series: The future of production and trade of Teak: Emerging scenarios in a changing world. 28 July 2020, 14:00-15:300 (IST) / 10:30-12:00 (CET). Tune in!
👇Putting the JCB 3CX straight to work, operated by Alibo. Reconstructing access roads following heavy rains, including side ditches. Gaining access from N10 highway to Compartment 17 in Site A.
Preventing soil erosion through #LandManagement🇬🇭
Open and transparent: #forest data setting the course for a green future under the Paris Agreement https://bit.ly/2OAXDDK #REDD+
Site quality, seed supply and silvicultural management are essential to the growth, development and wood quality of any plantation. Ensuring our #SoilChemistry is understood.
#EcologicallySustainable #reforestation #vegetation #soilcarbon @csir_ghana
Strategically planting trees helps rain to return to regions where it is needed most. This planting season is on track and our team are prepared for all weathers🌧️☀️
#AlwaysGrowing #ChangingClimate #Reforestation
We're Hiring for a Head of Timber Sales @MerePlantations
Interested in applying?👇👇👇
Be part of our continued growth and development😃
#ForestryJobs #TimberYouCanTrust please #RT
Testing the #MajorTanker. 8min 55secs to fill with water from the quarry. 2-3 loads to the nursery in under an hour. Will also provide massive benefits during fire season. Amazing piece of kit @MajorEquipment #multipurpose #Abofour🇬🇭2
Welcome to the team Josephine😃. Enjoy putting the new addition lightweight MF298 to work at Afram. Minimising soil compaction.
#Akwaaba #EqualOpportunities #RuralEmployment #SoilMatters #SustainableForestry
After a long journey our new @MajorEquipment, Marshall trailers and @MF_EAME 290's and 298 series have finally arrived in Abofour 😃🇬🇭
#MajorTanker #MajorCyclone #MasseyFerguson
.@CIFOR's Paolo Cerutti highlights the importance of maintaining trust in the legality of tropical timber production and exportation for both livelihoods and environment - "a must to preserve the forests of today and tomorrow" 🌲🌳 #FLEGT
Regeneration by regrowth. Rotationally coppiced #Teak's second growth can be up to 40% quicker than first growth. #Soil nutrients and water provided to a small tree through an adult tree route network👇
#OrganicMulching #soilfertility #Silviculture #SRC #SustainableForestry
Advanced soil analysis, and a library for understanding the soils of the world, is equipping farmers and government decision-makers with a new tool in combating land degradation and improving farmers’ crop yields and income.
@ICRAF @FAO @USDA_NRCS_NSSC
Land sold for tree planting continued to achieve strong results in early 2020, with some agents reporting upwards of £2,000 per acre https://buff.ly/3ePGCkv #UKForestry #FarmLand
Vegetation, watercourse, climatic conditions and #EnvironmentalImpact need to be considered in every land-based project. Working hand-in-hand with 🇬🇭FC plantations division to restore degraded lands.
For people, profit and planet #SDGs #BenefitSharing #SoilHealth #TropicsDay
😃Looking forward to getting these newly refurbished ex-MOD 4x4 #DAF #trucks on the plantations. Perfect all weather, all terrain, year-round, fit for purpose vehicles.
Recommissioned for a life in the forest🌳🌳🌳
@LJacksonandco @DAFTrucksUK #exportisGREAT
Mere are committed to sustainable management of our plantations for the longterm. Reforesting #UNFCCC degraded forestland. Addressing drivers of #deforestation and #forestdegradation through #resultsbasedfinance.
⬇️How the private sector fit in to REDD+
“Tropical #forest #industries depend on robust recovery in timber markets to ease pandemic pain”- Steve Johnson, #ITTO. Join us online for webinars of “Building back better: COVID-19 pandemic recovery contributions from the forest sector”. #ACSFI #FAO
Dive deeper into #REDD+ with our visual guide to all related #UNFCCC decisions http://bit.ly/REDD_Maps #ForestClimate
#READ 'The Personal is Global'- A whistle-stop tour on climate change finance and how it affects us all, whether we like it or not...
3⃣linked blogs by Michael Rawlinson QC #Opinion
In preparation for the new clinic, nursery, office and workshop at Abofour, we are dispatching3⃣standby generators to support our #renewablepower
Ensuring we can work all year round🌱🌳
Thank you @LJacksonandco - great service as always😃
Reforesting on #UNFCCC classified degraded forestland. Large-scale planting of over 4 million trees since inception. 2020 is set to be one of our biggest planting years to date Commitment is long-term. Halting #desertification
#Sustainable livelihoods. Protecting from #drought🌍
Maintaining nutrient supply is crucial for sustaining productivity. Practical #SoilManagement takes place year round. Full mulching programme=natural nutrients💚🌳
🙌New forestry #mulching additions have arrived in #TemaPort from @MajorEquipment #CycloneMower
2011➡️2020 growing timeline of one sub-compartment
✅Equatorial climate=excellent growing conditions ✅Sustainably managed and maintained plantations=high value #Timber
✅Carbon benefits of fast growing broadleaf trees🌍
✅Relieving pressure on natural forests🌳🌳🌳
Agreeing final permissions for the export of waste wood and offcuts for chip. Good sustainability requires ALL material used. Tens of thousands of tonnes of hardwood offcuts ⬇️⬇️⬇️ #SustainableBiomass2
Sustainable management practices are key to a productive plantation delivering quality timber. Land prep, soil analysis, weed control, pruning, thinning and harvest regimes are all important for successful reforestation🌱💚🌳
#degradedland #profitably #benefitshare #timber #SDGs
The IMM, funded by the EU & managed by #ITTO, uses trade flow analysis and market research to independently assess #trade and market impacts of #FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) in the #EU and partner countries.
Read their latest newsletter: https://bit.ly/2Avuc2a
Plantation forests, with fast growth and productivity, provide a high rate of annual carbon sequestration and provide a valuable carbon sink🌱🌳
In addition, the increasing wood product flows provide longterm carbon storage💚🌍
⬇️ 2011 trees ready for #coppicing #ChainOfCustody✅
📣Are you who we are looking for to join our successful #forestryteam in Ghana?
➡️Plant fitter/Mechanic/Operator ID: N328967
➡️Machine Operator/Tractor driver/trainer ID: N328498
Non ex-services contact⬇️
How Can a Six-Digit Trade Code Help the Environment? In more ways than you might expect. e.g. #Teak now identified separately, so too #tropical #wood windows & doors https://www.iisd.org/blog/trade-code-environment
Everyday we work alongside nature and respect her🙏
2020's Planting has begun in earnest!
Always replacing any failed/underperforming trees as part of our planting programme🌱💚🌳
#SustainableForestry #biodiversity #WorldEnvironmentDay2020
As well as protecting Mere's land, our Security Team patrol the natural forests and FC land. Educating forest dwellers about the dangers of fire and unattended cooking, preventing deforestation and primary forest loss by helping to reduce illegal logging and illegal farming #SDGs3
Following good rains, we've seen a marked improvement in the affected area within Compartment 17.
With GFC support, we will continue to monitor closely to ensure good #PlantHealth continues 👍🌱🌳
The resilience of #Teak is always impressive 😃
Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire both reduced primary forest loss by over 50% in 2019 compared to the previous year. A number of positive initiatives could be responsible, including REDD+ programs and .....
Read more here:
The report of the International Forum: Together Towards Global Green Supply Chains, held in Shanghai from 22-26 October 2019, is now available. #SDGs #SFM #ITTO #GlobalGreenSupplyChains
Download the report here: https://bit.ly/ITTOX3G
Visit the site: http://www.itto.int
Above-ground carbon stocks and timber value of old timber plantations,... https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112720310057
Our plantation cycle is not fixed, it is very dependent on the rainfall pattern...and we have rain forecast😃
✅Ready for planting: 85,000🌱
✅Poly bags filled: 235,200🌱
✅Germinating beds: ~780,000🌱
EU27+UK records strongest year for #tropical timber since 2007. Indonesia increases its lead as the largest supplier of tropical wood and wood furniture products into the region.
Reforestation and other ecosystem restoration has to be done right for maximum mitigation, adaptation & social benefits. That is the case for any climate action. Trees & forests can and will be a big part of the solution https://twitter.com/restoreforward/status/1265266550682116097
It's true that planting trees doesn't *always" mitigate climate change. But the benefits that trees have on people in rural economies, the climate, and biodiversity - when the right ones grow in the right places - are incredible! http://ow.ly/gweu50zQ9Ac @TimChristo @globalforests
Compartment 17's 2018 & 2019 stands 👇👇
Out of 2019's 63Ha planted approx 3Ha appear unwell.
🇬🇭FC District office, Head of Plantations and FORIG are sending a team to site to inspect and take samples. We have quarantined the infected area.
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Latest Tropical Forest Update from @itto_sfm
👇 Great news for 🇬🇭
The ITTO MIS correspondent for Ghana reports that, “production levels could be raised [back to pre-crisis levels] within three months.”
Celebrating all life on Afram this #BiodiversityDay
Ecosystem engineers🐜recycling vital nutrients, aerating and improving soil quality. Interspersed planting of indigenous trees provide medicine, food, as well as a natural habitat for pollinators 🐝🦇🦋🐦
As rains have returned to the plantations🌳🌳🌳
Late 2017's planting in Compartment 13 (our most difficult establishment to date) is now looking fantastic!☀️🇬🇭
#sustainableforestry #carbonsequestration #biodiversity
#Forest restoration helps restore habitats and ecosystems, creates jobs, and is an effective nature-based solution to #climatechange.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2KUo6by
#SOFO2020 @UNEP #BiodiversityDay
🇬🇭Gideon Ampofo, Mere's Nursery Supervisor, and his team turning out superb planting stock. Our workers using the Covid-19 PPE equipment provided 😷👍. Challenging in very hot, humid conditions - Great respect to the plantation and nursery teams 🙏 #ruralemployment #staysafe #SDG2
🙌2020's nursery germination rates have proved to be ahead of forecast 😃. Up to 1 million trees could be planted this season 🌱🌱🌱. Quality seed stock grown in an environmentally friendly nursery under superb conditions☀️🇬🇭 #workingwithnature #SDGs4
Panel of global scientists advising EU on forestry policy make6⃣key recommendations. All of these recommendations have been implemented from inception by Mere Plantations in Ghana👇#EnvironmentalImpact #SustainableForestManagement #biodiversity #ClimateResilience #SDGs #FLEGT
A few days before the release of the biodiversity strategy, 50+ worldwide scientists call on EU policy makers to act for an EU-wide forest policy that will increase carbon storage, biological diversity and climate resilience.
@TimmermansEU @VSinkevicius @KadriSimson 4
Sustainably produced timber and sustainable development go hand in hand with being a good corporate neighbour
#GhanaBeyondAid #SDGs #BenefitSharing 🇬🇧🇬🇭
🌄Sunset on the plantations.👇Compartment 13 - 2018's planting growing well and sub compartment D ripped and ready for 2020's first planting season 🌱🌳
#Reforestation on degraded land #SustainableLandManagement #SDGs 🇬🇧🇬🇭
Did you know that #forests cover nearly 1/3 of #land globally? @FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 examines the status of, & trends in, more than 60 forest-related variables in 236 countries & territories in the period 1990–2020. More https://bit.ly/3dseR0r #FRA2020