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Gyakye Sacred Grove (Click to plot point using Google Maps. 6°33' N, 1°31' W).
Gyakye (Jachie) Sacred Grove as seen from the road.

Gyakye Grove is a small, approximately 11.5 ha forest remnant located in the town of Gyakye on the Lake Bosumtwi road, about 20 km south of Kumasi.  Apparently, this sacred grove was originally nearly 260 ha, but has since been severely reduced in size by encroaching farms.  Canopy cover is highly degraded in a number of areas and light penetration in these particular sections is substantial.  Other sections of the forest however seem generally intact.  The grove can be seen from the main road and is a short hike along a path that originates from the grounds of the former primary school.

Gyakye is the only sacred grove for which formal by-laws have been enacted by community authorities to promote continued protection.  Ghana Association for the Conservation of Nature (GACON), a conservation focused NGO based in Kumasi, forged a partnership with the town in 1989 to assist with conservation management of the grove.  Unfortunately, these community-based protective measures are being disregarded by some and they have consequently not been very effective.  On our recent sampling excursions, we have encountered local residents in the process of chopping down trees and there is obvious evidence in the grove of additional felling of trees.













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