Scott Jones was recently invited to present aspects of his work with African forestry and environmental restoration to the Somali Ecological Society in London. This successful day re-connected a number of people who developed the SES. It has led to a reinvigoration of the Society’s efforts to restore degraded lands and develop practical ecological science in the Horn of Africa. It also enabled Scott to reconnect with Des Mahoney, a former university colleague and forester in Somalia. Thanks to all and very best wishes in your endeavours.