Phnom Penh City Hall said that it will preserve the 300-year-old trees in Canadia Park, previously scheduled to be cut down over concerns of rotting, along Kramuon Sar Street and Preah Ang Duong Street.
Last week, Phnom Penh authorities were worried that the trees could collapse, endangering lives and public property, so they decided to request that the Ministry of Agriculture check the tree’s condition and replace them with new trees in the same place.
But Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng yesterday morning led his officials to visit the site of the old trees.
He said that because these trees provide shade for the travellers, they need to be preserved.
Sreng asked the environment department to preserve the old trees by trimming their decaying branches.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said: “We will work on additional support and technical maintenance, but if some are impossible to save, we will fell them and replace them with new trees,” he said.
“We don’t want to lose those trees and we will regret if they are cut down,” Meas Pheakdey added.
Po Bunly, a local resident, said that he is happy and supports Phnom Penh City Hall to not fell down the trees and conserve the old trees along the road.
“I’m not worried that those trees will cause damage to my property, because officials already checked it. I also don’t want to lose those trees,” he added.