The new Archbishop of the Congo, Dr Titre Ande was enthroned in the Kinshasa Botanical Gardens, a ” 7 ha garden located in the heart of the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By enthroning the Archbishop in this Garden, the Church wanted to send a message of safeguarding biodiversity species for a healthy environment and environmental education for Christians. And all Christians are called to obtain the species of trees in this garden to plant in their homes.”
The garden was created in 1933, Fernand De Boeck Park (named after the district commissioner of Moyen-Congo at the time) in the capital of Belgian Congo. Abandoned for several decades, the garden, which has more than 100 species of trees, was rehabilitated in the early 2000s thanks to a project supported by France, the European Union, IUCN, the National Botanical Garden of Belgium and the NGO Friends of Nature and Gardens, to host environmental education activities. The botanical garden presents a summary of Congolese biodiversity in the middle of an urban environment, and is currently the only public green lung in the heart of the city which gives off good oxygen. It has a hundred different species of trees. In recent years, the garden has become the focal point in town for environmental education and a showcase for raising public awareness of nature conservation efforts in the DRC. A place for walks, discovery and relaxation in a pleasant setting.
Bishop Bertin Mwale
Diocese of Katanga