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DBKL to preserve old trees as natural heritage

30 Sep 2020 / 18:30 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will preserve various old shade trees as the city’s natural heritage and as part of an environmental education programme for city folk.

In a statement today, DBKL said they would place the label ‘Pokok Berusia’ (old tree) on trees that had been planted since the early formation of Kuala Lumpur, to differentiate them from the rest of the landscape.

“Among them are the Angsana trees (ptereocarpus indicus willd) at Jalan Ampang, Rain trees (albizia saman) at Jalan Mahkamah and Yellow Flame trees (peltophorum ptereocarpum) at Jalan Syed Putra,“ said the statement.

DBKL said the trees were chosen based on several criteria such as the uniqueness of the species, its special value, being large-sized, and providing aesthetical value.

In line with the city’s greening and beautifying efforts, the city hall has planted many shade trees since the 1980s through Kuala Lumpur Greening Programme, it said.

Meanwhile, DBKL said it would also assess the condition of the trees periodically to prevent unwanted incidents and damages.

“We will observe the trees periodically and implement intensive recovering measures for selected trees,“ said the city hall, while calling on the city folk to help in efforts to turn Kuala Lumpur into a sustainable green city. -Bernama

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