Making forest more accessible


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

IOI Oleochemical Industries Berhad staff posing at the upgraded Bukit Juru forest reserve. — Photo: ASRI ABDUL GHANI/The Star

THE Bukit Juru forest reserve has been given a fresher look with the addition of hand railing, tree tagging, signboards and concrete benches among others.

The ‘forest bathing’ programme saw refurbishment works being carried out in 20 days at the 150ha hill.

Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the programme was a joint effort between the Penang Forestry Department and IOI Oleochemical Industries Berhad with council support.

“We want the public to immerse themselves in the beauty of the forest. This is good for the mind and body.

“Research has shown that ‘forest bathing’ is very good for health and can reduce high blood pressure and stress,” he said at the launch of the new look at Bukit Juru in Jalan Kuala Juru on Saturday.

Rozali said the state Forestry Department spent over RM19,000 to tag trees and also to upgrade the stairway by installing hand railing at dangerous points.

He said IOI Oleochemical Industries Berhad spent RM13,000 on repairing and repainting the shelters at the base and the peak of the hill.

“They also installed signage and four concrete benches,” he said, adding that visitors should handle the facilities with care.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the upgrading would benefit the residents in Seberang Prai who enjoy outdoor activities.

“I hope that after the refurbishment, Bukit Juru will become another popular spot for hikers as it offers a great view of Seberang Prai,” he said.

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