The ‘Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees’ campaign has started to gain momentum. A group of 25 students from Qatar Academy, Doha, a member of Qatar Foundation, yesterday planted 20 trees on roads developed as part of Khalifa Avenue Road Project by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).
The event was attended by Ashghal Projects Affairs director engineer Yousef Abdulrahman al-Emadi, Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar chairman engineer Mohamed Arqoub al-Khalidi, Qatar Academy middle school assistant principal Nicole Anderson, a number of other officials from Ashghal and staff from the academy.
As part of the campaign that will continue until the end of 2021, trees are to be planted every week by students from various educational institutions across Qatar. At the event, Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar secretary engineer Amna al-Bader said that trees that suit the environment of Qatar such as Al Sidr trees (Ziziphus spina-christi) and Sumur trees (Acacia tortilis) will be planted.
The Committee carries out the campaign with the aim of raising awareness among school students about the importance of planting trees and instilling environmental values in them, and emphasising that protecting and preserving the environment is the duty of everyone in the community, thus encouraging students to participate in achieving the goals of the country and carry out voluntary work to preserve the environment in Qatar.
Nicole Anderson, who expressed her happiness to see the students’ participation in planting trees in Qatar, said the involvement of children in such activities at early ages makes them good citizens who strive to serve their country and work hard for its development and prosperity.
The students expressed their interest in observing the daily growth of the trees they have planted.
The Khalifa Avenue project includes planting 6,830 trees across 312,000sq m of green areas, 780 light poles, about 400 seats, 35 wooden pergolas, 14km of pedestrian and cycle paths and a 256m pedestrians and cyclists’ bridge.