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The timing was crucial, says John Tucker, director of woodland outreach at the charity. Trees can reduce soil erosion and flood risk, provide food and shelter for wildlife and are proven to boost human health and wellbeing. They also have a vital role to play in combating climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Initially, the project was based in smallholder tea farms in a mile radius of four key tea estates in the foothills surrounding Mount Kenya. We talked to them about trees that would supply fuel and food as well as stabilise the soil and offer shade and protection. A volunteer helps with tree planting; the kits developed with the Woodland Trust have been sent to schools across the country.

The team planted three main species in Kenya: grevillea, avocado and macadamia.

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Grevillea robusta is used for boundary fences and wind breaks. Its low-hanging branches make good animal fodder and sustainable fuel wood, while controlling soil erosion and improving soil fertility through leaf litter decomposition — crucial, as tea plants can exhaust even rich soil. Avocado gives farmers healthy and nutritious food for the family. It also provides a potential second source of income, as do the macadamia nuts. Meanwhile, the environmental benefit is undeniable. The total is rising fast, and by the millionth tree will have been planted.

There is a law in his members, warring against the law of his mind, and bringing him into captivity to the law of sin, which is in his members, which has selfishness for its basis, and corruption for its object. It is in himself. Hence the reason that we so often find persons crying out, "O wretched man that I am!

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It is not his past sins - he could easily suppose God might forgive them, nay, perhaps, that they are forgiven, put away, when he was first converted. The trial is not there. But when he feels the principle of those sins to be in himself - the principle that produced them there still and working in him, now that he lives and "delights in the law of God after the inner man" - it is this which casts him down.

And cast down he remains until he apprehends the ministry of grace. Now, beloved friends, you see God has given law for the prohibition of evil. And, taking it in that point of view, He gave it to man already in sin. It came in after two things, evil and the promise. It was a thing "added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise was made" v. It "came in," it is said though its elements, no doubt, are everlasting and eternal truth , "by the bye," added because of transgressions. Hence we are taught, that its object was to make plain and evident - to discover that perverseness of the will of man, which would never otherwise have been discovered - the inclination, where there is the knowledge of good, and the desire after good, to do evil; and, therefore, the hopelessness of man's case before God.

Man is concluded under sin v.

That is the effect of the law. It was quite clear that man delighted in sin.

Natural conscience sufficed to shew there was sin and guilt. But then the law came in and was added to these, "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God," Rom. Mark the force of that expression. It is not, as many as are living in sin, neither yet, merely, as many as are have broken the law though that is the reason of it ; but "as many as are of the works of the law.

It is quite true that man is under "the curse of the law," because he has been the breaker of the law; but it is all who are of the works of the law who are under that curse. The law was not given to prohibit lust, until man was a wilful creature - a being in whom lust was found - until after sin had entered.

I am not now speaking of the law respecting Adam's not eating the fruit, but of the law given by Moses v. Coming in at that time, it pronounced the curse upon every one "that continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.

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And even the very notice in the scripture before us is remarkable. The apostle says, "for it is written" v. But where the details are entered into, there are no tribes mentioned for blessing - the blessing is not heard at all; it is only the curse. Again, "the law entered that the offence might abound" not that sin might abound: God could not do anything that sin might abound , that is, that the sin already in man's nature might become positively and definitely "transgression.

Let us look at what the apostle says in Romans 7, "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

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But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained unto life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good. Directly the law bent down on the conscience, it proved man to be altogether wrong.

Every thought that man had was detected, and the will refusing to submit, its acts became transgression, so that sin by the commandment became "exceeding sinful. There is a familiar illustration of it constantly seen in our own houses. Request your children not to do a certain thing: let it be only not to look into a box no matter what , and you find that they all long to look into it. So it is with grown-up persons, they will perversely wish for the forbidden thing, and, what is more, though they may be ashamed of it - ashamed of the expression of it before men - the inclination is so great, that, if they could but do it and not be seen, they would not be satisfied until they had.

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Just so with the law. And now, beloved friends, if that is what the law is, if all who are "of the works of the law are under the curse" - is that the law for me, to have any righteousness through, in the sight of God? Never; because the law acts on a nature which is already evil, and therefore it can do nothing but lead to the righteous judgment of God against all that is brought out in and from that nature.

There is another thing that He has done. He sent light into the world. This is something added, as it were, to the requirements of the law. The law cursed, but here in Christ was life shewing light to all around, and that man hated, because it proved his deeds to be evil. It was the adaptation of light to every possible state in which man's nature could move. I am not speaking of communicating life; but take man in any condition, and he is without excuse.

Well, beloved, this is the effect of the law as revealed from God. It took up fallen man with the knowledge of good and evil, and did not touch the power he had to meet its requirements, and therefore, necessarily, it brought the curse. The apostle reasons, "If there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

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