Officials in Banteay Meanchey province on Sunday planted more than 800 Thnong trees around temples in Thmar Puok district’s Banteay Chhmar commune.
Heng Sopheak, Banteay Chhmar commune chief, said the trees were planted along a 4,600-metre stretch around temples in Thmar Puok district.
“This tree planting was in order to protect the environment around the temples and make them beautiful for tourists,” he said
Dom Chheang, deputy chief of the Thmar Puok district Forestry Administration, more said trees will soon be planted.
“There is a lot of benefits to planting new trees in the area and around the temples,” he said. “The authorities will plant more.”
San Sithy, a villager who lives in Thmar Puok district, said that the tree planting is very useful.
“When those trees grow big, they will help protect the environment, and they will ensure that the next generation can see those types of trees,” she said.
In July, more than 2,000 luxury timber saplings were planted around the Angkor complex in Siem Reap province to increase forest cover and improve the temple environment.
The Apsara Authority, along with private sector bodies such as the Siem Reap Human Resource Association and the Siem Reap Tourism Association, took part in the planting.
Yet Sovat, director of the authority’s forest management department, said 2,170 precious and rare saplings were planted near the east of Ta Prohm temple.