Samui police care for the environment

Visitors to Koh Samui recently would have seen an unusually phenomenon. Dozens of police officers are working alongside members of the community to take part in the island’s Plant a Tree Project.

“We have so far planted 1,000 trees in schools and temples to increase the green areas on Koh Samui,” the Samui Express quoted police Maj. Gen. Taesa Sirivathro, chief of the Police Department of Suratthani. “People need the trees to keep and protect the natural balance of Koh Samui’s environment; trees give food and shelter to all the island’s animals, from birds to snakes, they all depend on the trees.”

In the last few years of frantic construction, a large percentage of Koh Samui’s trees have been chopped down to make way for houses, hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. The wood is also used in the building process. Although this construction work is all done in the name of progress, it is important to preserve Koh Samui’s unique natural beauty for future generations to enjoy.

Although these new trees will take several years to fully grow, it is a much needed step towards a greener future for Koh Samui.

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