Enjoy Cherries, Peaches, Apricots And More - Bhutan Ecological Society Launched ‘Fruits For all’ Project In Thimphu

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There are five different fruit trees planted - 15 cherry, 18 apple, 32 peach, 10 William pear and 10 apricot.

Apricots ripe for harvesting. (Source: Fruitnet)

 

By Sonam Pem BBS

To add character, functionality and ecological value to open and green urban spaces, the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) started an initiative to plant fruit trees all across the country.

The society launched the project entitled Fruits for all’ on 11 February 2019 at the Ecological Park of Changangkha in Thimphu.

Purpose of starting the Fruits for all’ project

Green spaces refer to the areas of grass, trees or other vegetation set apart for recreational purposes in an urban environment.

 

 

Photo: Bhutan Ecological Society

 

It has been observed that ‘Green spaces’ within the urban areas of Bhutan remain under-utilised and are mostly devoid of functional value and character.

Thus, the Bhutan Ecological Society proposed to plant fruit trees in green, open spaces across all the major urban centres of Bhutan.

The project can also help to filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures.

Inaugurated by Dasho Kinlay Dorjee, the Thrompon of Thimphu, the initiative is expected to beautify and invigorate urban spaces and to provide free fruits for the residents.

Through the project, it aims to engage children and adults in the planting, conservation and maintenance of Bhutan’s Green spaces. It also hopes to contribute to the public’s appreciation of nature and trees.

 

 

Photo: BBS

 

At the launch of the initiative, 22 students from the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute of Conservation and Research (UWICER) and some other volunteers planted 85 fruit trees at the Ecological Park.

There are five different fruit trees planted - 15 cherry, 18 apple, 32 peach, 10 William pear and 10 apricot.

Mission of the Bhutan Ecological Society

With Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck as the society’s Royal Patron, she actively guides the direction and programs of the Bhutan Ecological Society.

 

 

 Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck

Photo: Pinterest/Connie Mohney

 

Armed with a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, USA in 2006, Her Royal Highness outlined the main objectives of the Bhutan Ecological Society:

  • to inform and guide policy makers, the government and citizens on current and emerging environmental issues in Bhutan;
  • a platform for promoting conservation research and sharing of ecological knowledge in Bhutan, through research symposia and conferences, internationally peer-reviewed journal proceedings of the BES, trainings and seminars;
  • to introduce programs to engage, educate and inspire youth and the public to discover nature and to protect their natural environment.

Further steps taken by the Bhutan Ecological Society to protect the fruit trees

The Bhutan Ecological Society will take the lead to ensure that the fruit trees are nurtured and well-protected.

 

 

Photo: Bhutan Ecological Society

 

“We have fenced the area to keep away the cattle. And we have our staff and interns who will be taking care of the fruit trees,” said Kencho Tshering, the Project Manager.

Subsequently, the initiative will also cover other dzongkhags (districts). The Bhutan Ecological Society has identified Paro, Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang for the project.

 

This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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