A TOTAL of 3,900 trees were planted by DHL Malaysia and Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) staff at Taman Rekreasi Tasik in Section 7, Shah Alam, in conjunction with the Shah Alam Trees For Life initiative.
Three hundred DHL Malaysia and 150 MBSA employees took part in the joint effort.
MBSA councillor Papparaidu Veraman said DHL Malaysia was the first corporate partner to work with the council on this initiative.
“In 2010, DHL Malaysia sponsored this programme with RM4,000. Today, they have sponsored a total of RM60,000 worth of trees,” said Papparaidu.
“This year, the council has had eight programmes under the Shah Alam Trees For Life initiative.
“If we can get more corporate sponsors like DHL Malaysia, we can organise more programmes next year,” he said.
Among the species of trees chosen were those that provide shade such as cempaka, Bucida Molineti and Cassia Fistula, as well as fruit trees such as rambutan and kundang.
Smaller flowering plants such as bougainvillea “Mrs Eva”, Cordyline, Red Akalifa and Pissonia Alba were planted along the park’s walkways.
MBSA Landscape Department director Mohd Yunus Suri said the trees were chosen based on the council’s policy to plant a ratio of one fruit tree to one shady tree in all new development areas.
“Many councils prefer not to have fruit trees because they think these trees attract insects and the fruits that fall to the ground would cause a mess.
“We have contractors who will be maintaining the trees and landscape daily.
“Having fruit trees is important as it will provide a good learning experience for children who visit the park.
“We also chose to plant shady trees as they are suitable for parks, providing shade from the sun,” said Mohd Yunus.
The event was also supported by a team from Eco Warriors Malaysia which guided the participants to ensure the trees being planted would be healthy.
DHL Express (M) Sdn Bhd managing director (Malaysia and Brunei) Christopher Ong said the company’s role in supporting the council’s initiative was aligned with one of its corporate goals – to reduce carbon emission.
“Our hope is to plant one million trees a year, as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emission.
“We will work closely with MBSA and other councils in future, as it will help us reach out and contribute to the community that we serve,” added Ong.