10-Year-Old Kenyan’s Plan to Break World Record Planting 1 Million Trees in 5 Minutes

A ten-year-old girl from Ruiru in Kiambu County has said that she will be aiming to break the Guinness World Record by planting 1 Million trees in five minutes.

Speaking during the National Tree Planting Day on Friday, Alice Wanjiru said that she would work towards the goal with the help of the Kenya Defence Forces and the Kenya Scouts Association.

Wanjiru’s ambitious plan is boosted by her already ongoing efforts having already planted 5000 trees.

The ten-year-old has planted the trees in a budding personal forest in Ruai.

Aerial view of part of Mau Forest.


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She is also working to achieve a target of planting one million trees by the end of this year.

“I want to enter the Guinness Book of Records by planting 1 million trees in 5 minutes, Kenya Scouts Association and the Kenya Defence Forces will be helping me,” stated Wanjiru.

Additionally, Wanjiru will adopt the trees after they have been planted and nurture them to grow for the next five years.

However, she did not explain which year she plans to undertake the record breaking feat.  

“We call on any partners that would be interested in helping this girl on this mission to achieve her goal of planting one million trees in five minutes to join her, the plan is to adopt the trees for five years, stated Nancy Muiruri, a volunteer with a local foundation..

Muiruri also explained that roping the young children into tree planting exercises would help the government achieve the plan to have 15 billion trees planted by 2032.

The young’ girl’s ambitious plan comes after another ambitious boy approached the President and accompanied him in a tree planting exercise on May 10.

“He bravely walked to where the President was and greeted him amid applause from the crowd. After addressing the residents, President Ruto held Gitau’s hand as he headed to the area where trees would be planted, stated the President’s team.

Quintine Gitau fist-pumping President William Ruto in Murang’a County on May 10, 2024.


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