MORE than 140 trees covering a large swath of land have been cut down at the Department of Parks and Gardens (DPG) to pave way for a private multi-purpose office complex in Cantonments, Accra, a visit by the Ghanaian Times to the DPG on Tuesday in Accra has revealed.
At the time of the paper’s visit, the debris of the
It was also noticed that foundation works had already
The area which hosts the offices of the DPG is the largest garden in Accra, with many species of trees and flowers. The 10acre land is home to not only beautiful
Miss Serwah said the development was of great concern and that at a time when Ghana has been described as a country losing its forest belt at a faster rate than any other country in the world, “environmental vandalism was taking place at Parks and Gardens.” She said of late, it was not uncommon to see concrete building replacing trees in the country noting that “Accra is becoming a concrete jungle.” She called on
Awula Serwaa also called on the officials at DPG to update their plans to combat the effects of
Some of the functions of the Department in- clude the promotion of landscape beautification of built and natural environment and collaborate with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to develop
Additionally, it promotes ecotourism to generate revenue for the Assemblies and jobs for the youth and pursue actions to combat the effects of global warming by promoting a national tree planting campaign involving all stakeholders.
The Department also initiates
BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY