Community Works to Save Old Trees

 | Thu 31 Aug 2017 08:40 ICT

CityNews – Locals villagers along the Old Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road are trying to save the century- old yang na trees as they are becoming more and more unhealthy from lack of air and nutrition.

According to Bunchong Somboonchai, head of a tree doctor volunteer group, said that there are about 900 yang na trees along the road and about 340 of them are in critical condition, being strangled by the concrete road, smothered by fumes of heavy traffic and generally living in a bad environment.

On August 30th, locals from A. Saraphi and volunteers gathered at Wat Koo Sua to implement a method invented by Maejo University, with support from Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment. They delivered food and air through perforated PVC pipes filled with fertiliser were used and buried about two metres from the tree’s roots.

Bunchong added that it would take about two years for each tree to recover and to sustainably preserve these historic trees the whole community has to be involved and learn more about how to care for them.