PENANG has planted 380,524 trees from 2008 until now, an effort undertaken by both Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said between 2008 and 2018, the Penang government planted 310,290 trees.
“We have planted an additional 70,234 new trees from 2018 until now.
“The trees were planted throughout the state by both city councils since 2008.
“The initiative was undertaken as part of the state’s green effort to plant 200,000 new trees by 2023 and 500,000 new trees by 2030, ” he said.
Chow was speaking at a tree-planting event to launch the Penang Botanic Gardens Iconic Project at the gardens’ entrance.
“The Penang Botanic Gardens Iconic Project was first initiated on Jan 13 by former Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
“It is an excellent collaboration between Penang Botanic Gardens, Rose Charities International and WhyteHouse Education Group.
“It is worth noting that over the years, Penang Botanic Gardens has 11 mini gardens and five plant houses, with this particular zone previously known as the Sunken Garden is now re-purposed into a Fragrant Garden, featuring flora that emits fragrance or smells.
“I am sure that the fragrances will attract even more birds, insects and other wildlife to enrich the biodiversity here and in turn, attract more visitors to appreciate and experience the wonder of the gardens for themselves, ” he said during the event.
Chow said Penang Botanic Gardens achieved several milestones over the years, noting that the Penang State Park (Botanic) Corporation Enactment 2017 and Special Area Plan (SAP) for the Penang Botanic Gardens were formulated to further preserve its uniqueness.
“Since its creation in 1884, the lush greenery tranquil setting has made this place a favourite recreational park, touted as Penang’s unique natural heritage and the only one of its kind in Malaysia.”
Chow commended the management and staff of Penang Botanic Gardens for their dedication and hard work in keeping the 29 hectares of prime and undulating grounds in excellent condition.
Chow later unveiled a plaque and planted the ‘Millingtonia hortensis’, commonly known as jasmine tree.
Present were Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee, Penang Botanic Gardens director Nur Syazwani Ismail and its curator Datuk Dr Saw Leng Guan, Rose Charities president Datuk Lawrence Cheah and WhyteHouse founder and executive director Jery Yeoh Hooi Seng.