Every year on March 21, International Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness the importance of all types of forests. Sanctioned by the United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the observation encourages countries to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and tress, such as tree planting campaigns and more.
To participate in the meaningful day, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka launched a forest establishment program to introduce locally-sourced plants to enhance biodiversity at the resort.
“This will help develop enrich the habitat and develop diversity within the site, creating a sanctuary and refuge for wildlife,” said Palinda Perera, corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager at the resort.
Members of the Engineering and Landscaping departments led the inaugurating planting activity, which proved successful following days of rain that helped loosen and enrich the soil. The team dispersed a healthy layer of organic compost soil made from repurposed food waste at the resort, and planted young saplings that will grow to healthy, towering trees.
Resort colleagues will continue to nurture the area throughout 2021 and for years to come. The resort will look forward to a verdant and teeming forested area in three to five years.