5 April 2021, Bangkok – “Forest for Life” has delivered the final seedlings in its donation of 300,000 young trees to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to help the city expand its parks and achieve its goal of a “Green City”.
“Forest for Life” was initiated in May 2020 by The Forestias by MQDC with Buddharaksa Foundation and The Givers Network, non-profit foundations that help people in need with support from MQDC’s parent DTGO.
Inspired by “The Forestias”, the development to create a city in a forest at Bangna, the program highlights the value of green space and helps communities hit by the COVID crisis.
BMA today received the final set of 40,000 seedlings tended by the Wat Sa Kaeo community in Ang Thong.
Mr. Yongthawee Pothisa, Director of the Park Office Bangkok, received the seedlings and thanked “Forest for Life”.
Park officials at the event also included Ms. Surachet Phochareon, Head of Thonburi Rom Park Park Office; Ms. Wipanon Sae-Sim, Agricultural Academic, Lumphini Park: Khun Warittha Jiamjirakun, Director of the Park Section 2, Mr. Phipob Nak-Udom, Head of 60th Anniversary of Queen Sirikit Park.
MQDC and its parent group DTGO were represented by executives including Ms. Charlotte Donavanik, Advisor for Marketing & Branding to DTGO; Mr. Surin Warachunm, Assistant Vice President and ecology expert at The Forestias by MQDC; Mr. Chunchanok Duronkritchai, Project Manager of Buddharaksa Foundation; Ms. Voradanu Nimmit, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Branding of DTGO.
“Forest for Life” started at Wat Thung Hiang and Ban Amphur in Chonburi and involves several communities in Bangkok and its surroundings, which each tend seedlings for 90 days.
The initiative grows shrubs and valuable trees such as teak, mahogany, and rosewood as well as easy-to-grow herbs and vegetables that households can eat or sell. The project teaches market gardening with trainers from the Royal Forest Department, opening up sustainable careers.
Bangkok has 8,557 parks and gardens, covering about 40 sq. km., so green area per inhabitant totals 7.05 sq.m. The city aims to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 9 sq.m./person by adding 750 rai.
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