KK City Hall intensifies tree inspections, maintenance

Kota Kinabalu City Hall workers trimming trees along the Likas coastal road in efforts to reduce threats to the public from falling branches during strong winds and rains.

KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) is implementing proactive measures to manage the threat posed by over 18,000 old trees in the city, particularly with the ongoing heavy rain and strong winds.

DBKK's Landscape Department has intensified its tree inspections, establishing a monthly timetable for inspection and maintenance.

"In addition to assessing each tree's health, pruning of branches is being conducted as part of efforts to identify trees at risk of falling," DBKK said in a statement on Tuesday (May 28).

While tree trimming is conducted according to a schedule, the focus is on mature trees along main roads, it added.

The city administrators have also given assurances that the care, monitoring, and maintenance of the trees are conducted following best arboricultural practices to ensure they do not endanger people or property.

Kota Kinabalu City has identified a total of 18,756 mature or old trees, all of which are closely monitored.

DBKK said it has also developed a comprehensive Mature Tree Management Plan, which includes mitigation strategies to tackle high-risk trees.

Among the comprehensive actions to be implemented immediately includes standardising the stock inventory, acquiring new machinery, and boosting workforce numbers.

Staff will also receive training in tree trimming skills under the established guidelines, with the aim of enhancing tree inspection actions conducted by certified arborists.

DBKK said that these measures will not only reduce the risk of falling trees but also safeguard the aesthetic and ecological value of the city.

DBKK added that they will always continue efforts in preserving the sustainability of the environment and increase safety levels for the residents of Kota Kinabalu

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