A group of people drawn from different organisations supporting environmental conservation has left for a six day walk to Mutare in a development aimed at raising awareness on the importance of conserving trees.

More than 200 environmental activists have left Harare this Sunday morning for Mutare in a six day walk dubbed the ‘walkathon’ aimed at promoting the planting of trees in communities.

Walkathon founding patron, Mr Phillip Mataranyinka and the event’s organising secretary, Mr Francis Tamburayi said they have been overwhelmed by the huge response and enthusiasm shown by participants in this year’s campaign to promote the planting and conservation of trees.

The walkathon team was cheered along the way by enthusiastic supporters of tree conservation.

Despite appearing tired after reaching Msasa, some participants in the walkathon however vowed to soldier on.

This year, government has set a target of 10 million trees after last year’s target of 5 million trees was easily surpassed.