Treetops in Aberdare National Park recently launched the Jubilee Forest a Kenya Wildlife Service led initiative that intends to rehabilitate 100 Ha to accommodate 110,000 trees. The event marked the start of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration and Treetops 80th Anniversary year.
Treetops is historic in this event because Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II spent the night of 5th February 1952 at Treetops and that night, King George VI her father passed away in UK hence her ascension to the British Throne.
Guest of honour at the event Hon. Cecilly Mbarire, Assistant Minister for Tourism, was accompanied by the MD- Kenya Tourist Board Mr. Mureithi Ndegwa, Chairman – Aberdare Safari Hotels Mr. James Waibochi and other stake holders. In her speech she said Kenya is indeed proud to be associated with this historically important celebration, the second of its kind in the British Royal family. The celebrations reminded us that Kenya is indeed a top tourist destination that has, and will always host some of the greatest royalties and celebrities around the world. She further added that the re – launch of tree tops was a curtain raiser to many other activities before the coronation that is scheduled for June, 2012 in the UK.
The assistant minister also commended the re- launch of Treetops saying that it presents an opportunity to re assert itself in the field of hospitality certainly enhancing the experience of the tourists visiting the facility. She further added that the initiative taken by the Aberdare Safari Hotels to invest in upgrading Treetops was in line with the call by the Ministry of Tourism to improve the quality of tourism products to the expected global standards.
Today, she said as we leverage on the celebrations, it is important to reflect back and take a firm decision to reverse the environmental degradation that threatens our natural assets like the Aberdare Forest. Hon Mbarire applauded the Aberdare Safari Hotels on initiating the ‘Return the Bush’ initiative especially at the backdrop of the recent fires in Aberdares and Mt Kenya and called on all stakeholders to endeavor to partner with ASH in this noble course. A plaque to commemorate the two events was unveiled.