Clean-up campaign for botanic gardens

Lae News, Normal

THE director for PNG Forest Research Institute Prof Simon Saulei said he will continue weekly and monthly clean-ups of the Lae Botanical Gardens so that the public can enjoy its benefits.
Dr Saulei made these comments after he was told that the overgrowth of the gardens had been a breeding ground for mosquitoes which had been infesting the hospital grounds resulting in patients sleeping in mosquito nets.
He said with the funding that the institute had received they had plans to continue rehabilitation and landscaping of the area.
He added that the front areas of the gardens would be tended to every week while interior would be attended to every month.
Dr Saulei said it was unfortunate that the gardens had been left unattended to for a long time, due to financial problems.
He said several times the institute had requested for funding from the Government but did no receive any support.
Dr Saulei said funding was finally received after a submission for development funds was approved.