DREAM COME TRUE

How 'crazy mzungu' built nature park in Malindi in 20 years

Cutting trees for money and farming was the in-thing in Malindi, to the extent a lake dried up. But when Silvia Pirelli moved in, she went on a mission to conserve, and now her efforts have paid off

In Summary

• A 20-acre tree planting scheme has grown into a conservancy with nearly all the indigenous trees 

• The park is ideal for travel writers, students eager to learn about conservation and tourists on adventure who love nature

A 73-year-old German woman has fulfilled a dream of setting up a nature park in Malindi, Kilifi county, after over 20 years of conserving indigenous trees. 

Silvia Pirelli, an international ...

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