Re-planting of trees at Badas
Friday @ 09:30 hours – Badas Forest Reserve – 600 trees planted in an hour! Amazing! The plan was to plant the 600 in about two hours but as there was such much enthusiasm and high-spirit around, we managed to do it in an hour.
Dr David Taylor, Principal of ISB, led us with the tree-planting activity. ISB has initiated the re-planting of trees in the degraded area in Badas which is part of the Heart of Borneo. To date, 6,000 trees have been planted since the project began in October last year.
The target is to re-plant 50,000 trees by the end of October this year where His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei will plant the 50,oooth tree. The 1,000th tree was already planted by HRH the Prince of Wales and the 1,001st by HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, both last year.
Today we planted Drybalanops Rappa, an indegenous tree to the Kerangas or heath forest. The tree is also known locally as Kapur Paya. The British High Commission which organised the trip was joined by a couple of well-known bloggers, journalists, the Brunei Chevening Alumni and members of the Brunei Youth Programme. A second batch will plant another 600 Kapur Paya trees next Wednesday at the same area.
If you want to volunteer to plant the trees or sponsor one lot of trees, please contact ISB or check the Million Trees Project website. Remember, one tree can off-set 20 kg of CO2 per year for the next 40 years.