City Hall: Trees of Canadia Park to be Spared

City Hall Governor Khuong Sreng on Jan. 12 announced that he has decided to keep three Quinine trees that are more than 300 years old in Canadia Park in front of Ang Duong Hospital. Photo from City Hall Facebook

Following much debate over the decision to remove numerous 300-year-old trees from Phnom Penh’s streets, Governor Khoung Sreng has announced they will be kept.



PHNOM PENH--City Hall Governor Khuong Sreng on Jan. 12 announced that he has decided to keep three Quinine trees that are more than 300 years old in Canadia Park in front of Ang Duong Hospital.



Online debate raged over the proposed removal, with many observers claiming the trees were not rotten—which had been the initial reason provided for the decision.



Sreng noted that the shade provided to pedestrians remained a benefit and today announced a compromise.



“We will continue to take care of and preserve the three old trees that have rotted by removing some of the branches and building support to prevent the trees falling down,” he said.



Throughout Canadia Park there are some 50 trees that are believed to be more than 300 years old, but City Hall added that they plan to plant new ones as well as maintain the current ones.



 


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