About TERRAGRN

Incorporated in 2021, TERRAGRN is a UK private sector company creating sustainable, biodiversity compliant, Bamboo forests in Africa, and over time in several other regions in the world. TERRAGRN is pronounced “Terra Green” emphasising our intention to make our planet green once again.

At TERRAGRN, we deliver climate action through scalable, sustainable, innovative, biodiversity compliant, nature-based solutions, enabled by patient capital, that will create thousands of new skilled jobs, place more women in the workforce, and usher in economic progress, good health and sustained livelihoods within local communities.

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Our Project in South Africa

In South Africa, TERRAGRN is growing sustainable, biodiversity-compliant, forest of 200+ million trees in 200,000 hectares of land before 2030. The forest would be FSC certified. A fourth of the forest trees would have a non-invasive variety of Bamboo plant, while the rest of the forest would have indigenous plant species. We are engaging and up-skilling 300+ local women entrepreneurs in Forestry and creating 40,000+ new jobs in the local region over the next eight years.

The Forestry sector is vital to South Africa’s economy, social welfare and job creation. This project is focused on creating a large scale supply of bamboo biomass energy source (pellets) for export. We are investing in a hyper-scale dedicated watershed solutions including rainwater harvest scheme to provide water supply to the forest and the local communities.

TERRAGRN’s end-product, bamboo biomass pellets, would be exported to industrial customers worldwide in the Power, Heating and Cement sectors to replace the customer’s use of coal (fossil fuel) and wood pellets thus reduce their CO2 emissions and deforestation that are harmful to our planet. The thriving forest in South Africa, once fully grown by 2030, would remove a net 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually from the atmosphere expediting South Africa’s pursuit to become net-zero emissions by 2050.

Our Product

TERRAGRN is planting millions of a high-quality bamboo variety (‘Bambusa Balcooa’) as part of creation of the thriving forest. Once fully grown, we would harvest only 30% of the bamboo growth in each clump, leaving intact the remaining green cover for continued sequestering of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Bamboo can be harvested without the need to replant through its useful life of 60-120 years.

TERRAGRN will produce and export 10 million tonnes of sustainability certified bamboo biomass pellets from the harvest each year. Bamboo is a sustainable and better biomass alternative to wood. Bamboo can be co-fired with coal or fully replace coal as an energy source. After harvest, the emerging new shoots would grow to full height in just six months, thus replacing fully the lost green cover.


Tissue Culture for Rapid Scalability

Tissue culture is the only viable method to grow millions of the bamboo plants in a controlled manner within a short timeframe. TERRAGRN has access to a dedicated tissue culture facility with the capacity to create 55 million bamboo plants a year, achieved through seventeen cycles of multiplication.

This tissue culture approach also allows selective breeding of a clumping nature to ensure non-invasive high-yield cultivar at the ground level and gives full value of the investments in our venture. The Bamboo saplings having spent over 14 months in the Tissue Culture facility is subsequently cared for within a secondary hardening facility for up to 6 months to ensure proper development of its rhizome, before planting in the field.

Environmental Impact: Our Contribution to Net Zero

Social & Economic
Benefits

TERRAGRN is creating 40,000+ new jobs within the local community in South Africa over the next 8 years. We anticipate several entrepreneurial businesses to emerge in adjunct sectors as a result of the thriving forest.

TERRAGRN is investing in skills development within the local community and infrastructure development within the region so more women and youth can enter the workforce and create a more inclusive economy.

The TERRAGRN vision is to achieve gender parity in education and employment within the local communities.