Grow Your Forest – FAQ


Grow Your Forest – FAQ

Plant a Tree

Where will my tree be planted?

We are currently planting much needed trees to restore and rehabilitate mangrove forests in Aceh Province, Northern Sumatra. You will receive the exact coordinates to locate your tree after it has been planted.

Who will plant the tree for me?

Your tree will be planted and cared for a by a team from WWF-Indonesia with help from local communities in Sumatra.

What are mangroves?

Mangroves are important saltwater forests that play a crucial role in the health of oceans and in sustaining both land and marine species.  They face similar threats to terrestrial forests, such as deforestation, over-harvesting and unregulated and unsustainable development.

Do I get to name my tree?

Yes, you can name all your trees on the donate page.

When will I get details about my planted tree?

We will send you an email with details of your tree within four weeks of making your donation. The email will include the location of your tree and a photo of our tree planting batch.*

Are these mangroves being planted in-land and not on the coast?

We are planting mangroves in a coastal area which was once covered in mangrove forest. The forest was cleared as fish farms took advantage of the swampy conditions to build fishponds. Our planting will convert the land back to mangrove.

How long does it take for a mangrove to grow?

It takes 10-15 years for a mangrove tree to reach maturity. For the first 5 years of its life, WWF, with the help of local communities will care for your tree to make sure it stays strong and healthy. At five years old it will be big and strong enough to be ‘independent’.

In the photograph why does the land look sectioned off?

What you are seeing are the old fishponds, which WWF is converting back to mangrove forest.

What does Plant a Tree have to do with Earth Hour?

The Plant a Tree and Grow a Forest project was launched in Singapore as part of Earth Hour 2016. Over 2 million hectares of forest was destroyed in the 2015 fires which caused some of the worst haze pollution ever recorded in Singapore. WWF-Singapore and WWF-Indonesia are working to restore forest in Indonesia as well as campaigning against deforestation and the forest clearance methods, like slash and burn fires, used in the development of large scale agriculture for palm oil and pulp and paper products.

Why are mangroves important for climate change?

Mangroves are the most efficient forest system at capturing and storing carbon. All forests play a key role in preventing climate change by absorbing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a major driver of climate change. But it is estimated that mangrove forests store 50% more carbon than other tropical forests. The restoration of tropical mangrove systems can play an important role in combating temperature increases caused by climate change.

What if my tree dies?

In the unlikely event that your very well cared for tree dies in the first 5 years, WWF will replant with another mangrove sapling.

How many trees can I plant?

You can plant as many trees as you would like. In fact, why not Start a Forest?


Start a Forest

What is Start a Forest?

Rather than just planting 1 tree you can grow a whole forest. Register and name your forest here then invite your friends to make a tree-planting donation as well. If you raise S$500 or more you will have an opportunity to plant a tree in the WWF Earth Hour forest here in Singapore as well as 15 trees in Sumatra.

Where will I plant a tree in Singapore?

The Earth Hour forests are planted, in conjunction with NParks, within Singapore’s nature reserves. Our first planting site is at Kranji Marshes but other Earth Hour forests will be created across the island. Fifty trees will be planted during each session.

What do I need to bring for my planting session?

Full details will be sent out to you before your Singapore planting session. But we recommend you wear practical outdoor clothes, closed toe-shoes or trainers and bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a water bottle.

How many people can I bring with me to plant the Earth Hour tree in Singapore?

To avoid damaging the natural areas which will play host to the Earth Hour forest we have to limit the number of people at each planting. For that reason you will only be able to bring two people with you for your planting session.

*Your tree will be planted as one of a batch of 50 saplings,  the photo you receive will be one of the saplings in that batch.