A few years after launching its campaign to save giant trees around Bangkok, Big Trees, the social tree-lovers group, has stepped things up with another big initiative, “Love Heritage Trees” (ต้นไม้ [มรดก] แสนรัก), aimed at promoting the preservation of the country's beloved trees.
This time, the project isn’t limited to just Bangkok but all over the country.
“We want people to send us pictures of the trees that they bond with. It can be a tree in your community, school or near your house that has a story. The idea is to raise awareness that we need to cherish the trees around us,” Oraya Sutabutr, one of the Big Trees organizers, told us.
She said the project was inspired by Singapore’s Heritage Trees campaign, which saw important historic trees around the island listed on a map to encourage people to cherish and admire them.
“Singapore recognized those trees as important property of the country. If anyone damages them or hits them with a car, they will be punished with fines.”
You can submit your tree by posting a picture at http://on.fb.me/1ff4nRI from now until May 14, 2014. They will announce the winner on World Environment Day, June 5. Keep up-to-date about their event at www.facebook.com/BIGTreesProject
To be a part of the movement, you can also use the following hashtags: #บิ๊กทรี #ต้นไม้แสนรัก #bigtreesproject #crowdsourcing #LOVEheritagetrees #thailand