The Ashanti regional office of the Ghana Tourism Authority has targeted planting 150 trees at Bonwire alone.
On Wednesday, 27th September, 2023 as the world was celebrating Tourism Day, officials commenced the move by planting royal palm and shade trees at the palace of Nana Bobie Ansah II, Chief for Bonwire to mark the occasion.
The tree planting was stretched to other areas within the community including the forecourt of the Bonwire Kente Museum, court, shoulders of the inner roads, police station, Bonwire Senior High School etc.
Joining them were the Bonwire traditional council, assemblyman and the media.
Prior to that, the regional officers had carried out same at the Kumasi Rattray Park where they planted shade trees to replace dead ones.
Partaking in the exercise were Geography and Cultural and Tourism Teaching Assistants of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The Authority has targeted planting 50 trees at the park alone.
Addressing the media, Chief of Bonwire, Nana Bobie Ansah II thanked the officers for considering the community for the exercise and for celebrating World Tourism Day with them.
In view of the litany of benefits gained from trees, he said he is saddened by the rate at which trees are cut down in the country.
He therefore called on government to protect existing trees by tightening the grips of the law against perpetrators.
The Chief also applauded the Authority over the number of projects done in the community, such as a Museum which was built during the administration of former President J.A Kuffour, a newly constructed Kente Museum, among others, saying that Ghana Tourism Authority has done so much for Bonwire than any government agency.
Madam Abena Boampong (Deputy Director, Standard and Quality Assurance at the Ashanti Regional office of Ghana Tourism Authority) told the media that they will ensure that all trees planted are well watered and cared for.
Touching on the theme; “Tourism and Green Investment”, she said that the Authority is stepping up measures to upgrade the skills of the youth by equipping them with knowledge on hospitality and on the preservation of the environment.