Green Ghana trees flourishing

Accra, Nov. 17, GNA - Some trees planted in Accra as part of the Green Ghana initiative rolled out by the government, are maturing.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) has indicated that about 99 per cent of the trees planted in forest zones during the maiden Green Ghana project on June 11, this year, are surviving.

The initiative witnessed members of the public plant trees in their homes, schools, and other designated areas in support of the exercise.

The Ghana News Agency during a visit to ascertain the growth of some of the trees, observed that most of the seedlings planted were doing well.

Behind the wall of the Roman Girls school at Korle Bu where the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) planted some of these trees, the GNA observed that while some of them were growing steadily, a few others were struggling to sprout.

However, others which were doing quite well were battling for space with overgrown weeds.

Meanwhile, trees planted in front of the James Town Methodist School were in good shape and evidently being taken care of.

Mr Akushey Quaye, a teacher of the school, told the GNA the plants were doing well because he continuously supervises some of his students to nurture them by watering them regularly.

He refuted claims that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly had been responsible for the growth of the plants.

Under the auspices of the Forestry Commission and the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry, the government of Ghana commenced the nationwide tree planting exercise to restore Ghana’s greenery and preserve the environment.

Mr Samuel Jinapor, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, earlier this year, launched the greening project as part of activities to mark the International Day of Forests, which fell on March 21.

A Committee was constituted by the Minister to monitor nurturing and growth of the over five million trees planted under the Green Ghana Project.