The Bulawayo community has been challenged to enforce environmental protection measures by planting more trees as part of the national strategy to promote the green economy.

The Forestry Commission donated 60 indigenous trees to the United College of Education in Bulawayo as part of the commemoration of the National Tree Planting Day.

Speaking on behalf of the Provincial Affairs Minister for Bulawayo, Cde Angeline Masuku , the Bulawayo District Administrator Mrs Elisa Chauke said  the nation has lost over 300 000 hectares of land where trees  have been lost creating the need to plant more.

The flagship tree of the year is muchechete/umbumbulu which has many uses and conservation status.

The district conservator for Bulawayo/ Umguza, Bekithemba Ngwenya said the selection of the tree was due to its importance and use to local communities.

The National Tree Planting Day is commemorated every first Saturday of December every year.