For a healthier environment: ‘People lack knowledge about planting trees’

Expert talks about importance of plants’ compatibility with surroundings

Our Correspondent April 30, 2016
For the last thirty years, authorities have been planting trees, including coconut palms, along Seaview. Not a single tree has survived. PHOTO: AYSHA SALEEM/EXPRESS

KARACHI: The reason why most people fail in obtaining the desired results while planting trees is because they lack proper knowledge about plantation, said renowned ecologist Rafiul Haq on Saturday.

He was addressing audience at the event ‘Trees for Earth’ by the Horticulture Society of Pakistan (HSP) at The Garden Centre on the occasion of Earth Day, observed globally on April 22.

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Rafi believes when people plant trees, they usually expect the tree to fully grow in a short time, adding that people take gardening as an activity and do not consider it a part of their routine. He explained that gardening requires patience and technical guidance.

He shared how important it is to plant specific trees compatible with the surroundings.

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Haq encouraged the audience to plant Parkinsonia, Neem, Gulmohar, Ficus and Barna. He warned that many people are planting Conocarpus erectus across the city, which is a source of pollen that causes several kinds of illnesses. Haq added that although Conocarpus trees grow very fast, but they have fewer benefits for the environment as compared to other kinds of trees.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2016.


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