Bangkok-based environmental group BIG Trees Project is working with communities and government agencies to promote awareness and activities that help preserve public green spaces in Bangkok and beyond.
The group, which is made up of some 16,000 young professionals, is dedicated to preventing Thailand’s trees from being cleared for urban development. They have been involved in training individuals on how to care for trees, as well as tree preservation, replanting, and tree-pruning initiatives across Thailand.
BIG Trees Project was set up by Oraya Sutabutr in 2010 after recalling seeing an ancient rain tree being felled near her home in Sukhumvit Soi 35, once open countryside but now in the very heart of commercial Bangkok.
Oraya Sutabutr knew nothing about protecting trees, but the destruction of that one – which had stood there for decades – to make way for another shopping centre, prompted her to learn how to help. That defining moment led her to found the Big Trees Project in 2010.
Oraya Sutabutr, co-founder of BIG Trees Project, said: “We saw a decline in the number of trees that are replaced by buildings and condominiums in urban areas. So we decided to join together to do something to save the trees and received cooperation from government agencies. The challenge is how to change the public’s opinion that big cities can be with nature. It’s not a zero sum game.”
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