The landscape of northern Ethiopia has been transformed over the last three decades by a regreening project that has turned degraded land into forest. This has had a positive impact on water supplies, and on wildlife – including bees.
We’re walking among the mature trees in the tree garden when they attack.
It is totally unexpected and extraordinarily frightening.
One moment I’m watching the sun filter down through the leaves, the next I am fleeing in blind terror.
We’d arrived at the arboretum about an hour earlier. I’d been looking forward to the visit.
The work here at Mekele University in Tigray province in the far north of Ethiopia is a small part of a huge and inspiring project – an effort to regreen some of the most degraded land in the world.
So, I’ll admit I was disappointed as Sarah Tewolde-Berhan, one of the forestry specialists behind the project, first led me down the overgrown path that leads to the…