The tranquil and natural landscape, including ancient trees and pristine grass at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Lamu branch, has become a magnet for many visitors who frequent the area to enjoy its beauty.

Situated on the outskirts of Mokowe town, the KEFRI Lamu offices offer a serene welcome to all who enter, with its main gate adorned with unique colors, including white and black lettering.

The walls of the gate are constructed with unique designs, including embedded stones of various kinds, while other parts are painted with shades of green, blue-green, and gray.

This aesthetic design leaves the gate appealing and satisfying to the eye for anyone entering the institution.

Upon entering, the ambiance of KEFRI is further enhanced, resembling a paradise with lush green surroundings, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden.

The Garden of Eden is often described or portrayed as a beautiful garden in the Book of Genesis in the Bible.

Many have likened the beauty of KEFRI to that of the Garden of Eden, which is interpreted as being beautiful, adorned by God Himself, and then entrusted to the first humans, Adam and Eve, for protection after creation.

The interior buildings of the KEFRI institution in Mokowe are also neatly arranged, blending and complementing well with the overall appearance of the area, thus providing a delightful sight.

Due to its allure, people from all walks of life, including leaders, administrative officials, major environmental and social organizations, have been organizing various meetings and conferences in its hall.

To match or harmonize with the natural surroundings of KEFRI, the meeting hall is named after Lamu’s indigenous trees, called ‘Mkoko Hall.’

Some of the rooms available in the KEFRI buildings are also named after trees, including Mbambakofi, Mwangati, Mkelekele, and Msaji.

These trees thrive well in Lamu’s environment and are known for their hard timber.

Other rooms named after trees include Mvinje, Mchikichi, Mbuyu, and Mkoma.

Among the notable figures who have been captured by the prestige and pride of KEFRI’s offices, thus choosing to host meetings in its hall, are Lamu Governor Issa Timamy, Members of Parliament, Senators, Ministers from the national government, and councilors.

Administrative officers representing the national government, including the County Commissioner of Lamu, their deputies, chiefs, and local elders, have also been organizing their meetings in KEFRI’s hall to enjoy the attractive and refreshing scenery.

Furthermore, officers from social and environmental conservation organizations have not been left behind, as they frequently choose to hold their meetings in this area of KEFRI.

In an interview with Taifa Jumapili at his office on Wednesday, KEFRI Lamu Branch Manager, who is also a Research Scientist at the institution, Mr. Henry Komu, said that as an institution, they strive to control the appearance of their offices or research centers not only in Lamu but throughout Kenya.

“It should be noted that KEFRI’s main responsibility is to research forests or trees and ensure that this knowledge is disseminated to the community to continue improving the environment. And that’s why we agreed that our offices should match perfectly with the tasks we perform as KEFRI. All our offices nationwide have the same system,” said Mr. Komu.

Mr. Komu explained that many of the trees they have planted in their institution are indigenous and have been researched and found to thrive well in Lamu’s environment.

“When you come here as our client, you don’t leave empty-handed. We have provided descriptions of the trees we have planted and also how the person who wants to plant will execute that task and when. That is, you attend your meetings or rent a room to sleep here and as soon as you leave, you will be completely enriched with knowledge about trees and forests,” said Mr. Komu.

Karisa Luwali, an environmentalist from the Lamu Green Movement Conservation Organization, praised the landscape of KEFRI, saying it is filled with a lot of knowledge about conservation.

“When we attend conferences, especially those concerning the environment here, people are inspired to take care of their environment and make it dignified, especially from what they see here. The trees and grass have adorned the appearance of this place and brought fresh air,” said Mr. Luwali.

On his part, the Conservation Manager at the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in Lamu County, Mr. Samuel Lodiro, encourages people to emulate the scenery at KEFRI, insisting that if they succeed in doing so, Lamu will be a better place to live.