The tree planting was initiated in late March 1997 by SUA to ensure proper utilization of university land. Areas set aside by the university farm for tree planting are Lugala, Lugoba, Mazimbu, Barongo, Morning Side around Mindu Dam and along Iringa road. These areas were underutilized and/or threatened by soil erosion.
Protect the university land and surrounding areas against soil erosion, restoration of degraded hill tops, extension and establishment of forest plantations to be used for training and research purposes.
Tree planting is always started during the on start of long rains (in late March to mid April). However it is important to make sure that there is enough moisture build-up in the area to be planted with trees.