By Michael Kitum


The Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau recently led the Kenya Forest Service Senior Management team in a ground-breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the KFS sports ground at KFS Headquarters in Karura.


The rehabilitation of the sports ground is in partnership with the Friends of Karura Forest Community Forest Association (FKF CFA), Davis and Shirtliff Company, and Asepsis Limited (a sports facility gardening company)


While commissioning the rehabilitation process, the CCF noted that the upgrading of the field would provide a premier sports grounds for the KFS sporting teams (football & volleyball), staff recreational activities, and the neighbouring communities. 


The rehabilitation process will involve ground levelling of the pitch to a standard football field, installation of automated underground irrigation systems, installation of water storage tanks, drainage system, soil enrichment, upgrading of a 400 meters running track, and grass re-carpeting. The project is expected to take 6 months, to a tune of 5 million Kenya shillings.


CCF Kamau also appreciated the long-standing cordial partnership between KFS and FKF CFA in the conservation and protection of the Karura forest. He also welcomed the partnership with Davis and Shirtliff and interested them in adopting degraded forest areas for restoration as part of their CSR. Kamau also said the model would be replicated on other KFS grounds countrywide to the benefit KFS staff and members of the public.


The ceremony was attended by FKF Vice-Chairman Cristina Boelcke, FKF CFA Board members, Stephen Wambua (Davis & Shirtliff Irrigation Manager), Bernard Rono (Water treatment Manager), and Peter Mwangi (Asepsis Limited).


The Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau while commissioning the rehabilitation and upgrading of KFS Sports Ground at KFS Headquarters Karura.