Park plans to engage schools in tree project

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CHIEF executive officer of the Port Moresby Nature Park Michelle McGeorge says the park will engage schools in the National Capital District (NCD) to plant trees.
McGeorge said the increase in the number of trees on school premises would in turn provide additional green spaces and shades for students when outdoors.
She made the comments at the “Trees for life – schools tree planting project” launch at the Gerehu Secondary School on March 20.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop was present to officiate.
The project was the effort of Port Moresby Nature Park to support Parkop’s “One million trees” campaign, to make Port Moresby a greener city in the fight against global warming.
The Rotary Club of Port Moresby also supported the campaign with a donation of K10,000 towards the project.
The cheque was presented by club president Lavinia Gangloff.
“The Rotary Club of Port Moresby is happy to support the Nature Park’s efforts to plant more trees in schools, as it benefits not only the environment but also students who depend on the shade of trees during their breaks,” Gangloff said. “It will also provide shade to school structures, keeping classrooms cooler.”
McGeorge said schools interested in planting trees on their grounds and in providing educational lessons to their students on trees through the Nature Park, could contact the park’s education team on 326 0248 or
The initiative was supported by the global non-governmental organisation Cities 4 Forests and One Tree Planted, the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, the British High Commission and the Rotary and Skal Clubs of Port Moresby.