The location of our hardwood plantation is ideal in terms of climate as it is an area with high rainfall (approximately 1,400m, a year) and what is known as a bimodal pattern of rainfall. This means that the area has two rainy seasons. The first and major rainy season starts in March and goes through to mid-July. Then there is a second, minor rainy season that starts in August and which goes on until the end of October (peaking in September.)
In between those dates there is a brief, drier period from the middle of July until the middle of August and a much longer dry spell between November and February.
Close analysis of the rainfall pattern can be found at the nearest station – Kumasi. This closely monitors the rainfall patterns at the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve. This data shows that rainfall seems to be very evenly distributed throughout March to October and in that period the forest growth is extremely vigorous. The highest levels of rainfall are between April and July (approximately 50% of the total rainfall) which is why it is known as the major season, whilst approximately 30% of the rain falls between September and November (the minor season.) Between November and February, the reserve is relatively dry. In terms of temperature, the reserve has constant high temperatures year-round, with little variation.
It is this reliability of climate that enables us to guarantee the constant supply of high quality teak, and in turn, the constant and dependable returns for our investors.
The Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve is a massive forest reserve located in Ghana. It was set up in 1927 and its boundaries established between 1928 and 1930 with the perimeter stretching to 87km. In 1961 it was gazetted as production forest reserve. The terrain elevation above sea level is around 334 meters and it covers an area of approximately 20,124 hectares. The Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve lies inside forest savanna and dry semi-deciduous forest zones and is subject to high variability of annual rainfall (both in terms of distribution and amount.) This rainfall is generally according to a bimodal pattern with peaks in the major rainy season of May to July and again in the minor season of September and October. Similarly, the Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve is split in half with the northern part being mainly forest savannah vegetation and the southern part being wetter with semi-deciduous forest.