City Hall eyes tree planting

City Hall eyes tree planting

City Hall has proposed that more than 4,000 rai of unused state-owned land across Bangkok be converted for growing large trees and garden vegetables for residents to consume and sell, says Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

Access to the land will be managed by a committee promoting arboriculture, approved last week by City Hall.

Pol Gen Aswin said a professional arborist will work in each district of Bangkok to oversee the cutting down or relocation of trees.

The district arborist also will ensure that before a tree is relocated or felled, a sign is put up at the site to announce what is being done at least seven days in advance.

City Hall has often come under fire for over-pruning roadside trees which environmentalists say is dangerous for their health.

Pol Gen Aswin said a working group has been named to draft a regulation on how trees in public areas are to be planted and maintained by city officials. The regulation is expected to come into force in October.

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