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Re-planting of trees at Badas

June 12, 2009

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.

Dr Taylor showing where we were in Badas. The ISB's 50,000 trees cover an area of eight hectares in Badas.

We are here. Dr Taylor showing where we were in Badas. The ISB's 50,000 trees cover an area of eight hectares in Badas.

Planting of Kapur Paya in progress. The weather was nice.

Planting of Kapur Paya in progress. The weather was nice, spirit was high and we managed 600 trees in an hour.

A seedling of Drybalanops Rappa or Kapur Paya being planted by one of the volunteers, 12-year olf Bazlaa' Billah. She hope to come again and plant a thousand more trees.

A seedling of Drybalanops Rappa or Kapur Paya being planted by one of the volunteers, 12-year olf Bazlaa' Billah. She hope to come again and plant a thousand more trees and more.

Now who is the famous blogger? Hint: My favourite recipe book. He was very enthusiastic and wanted to be part of the worthy-project.

Now who is this famous blogger? Hint: My favourite recipe book. He was very enthusiastic and wanted to be part of the worthy-project.

 

Another famous blogger. Hint: Maurina. A lovely lady, she is a crowd-puller. She managed to bring ten of her friends from the BYP group.

Another famous blogger. Hint: Maurina. A lovely lady, she is a crowd-puller. She managed to bring ten of her friends from the BYP group.

The tall tree is Agathis Borneensis is a type of rainforest conifer found in Brunei. It can grow to the maximum height of 55 meter. There's man on the bottom left and you can imagine the tree's height compared to an average man.

The tall tree, Agathis Borneensis is a type of rainforest conifer found in Brunei. It can grow to the maximum height of 55 meter. There's man on the bottom left and you can imagine the tree's height compared to an average man.

 

Green slime mold found on the floor of the heath or kerangas forest. I was told that these molds were once used to fill in pillows and mattreses as they are very light and comfy. Mmm...nature.

Green slime mold found on the floor of the heath or kerangas forest. I was told that these molds were once used to fill in pillows and mattreses as they are very light and comfy. Mmm...nature.

 

One for the album. Happy at the end of the hour.

One for the album. Happy at the end of the hour.

Leave nothing but your foot-print. So sad to leave but we will be back again next week.

Leave nothing but your foot-print. So sad to leave but we will be back again next week for a second session with the High Commission.

 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.

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