Soneva Forest Restoration project celebrated with a community planting day on 28 July 2012 to open it second site located at Nong Hoi. More than 700 people showed and planted 33,000 trees in one day.
The site is part of The Royal Project Development Foundation land at Nong Hoi, Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is the first time a private company is allowed to help restoring forest on the King’s land, which is quite an honour for the Soneva Forest Restoration project. A total of 70,304 seedling of 78 different local native species have now been planted. This will restore 133 rai (21.5 acres / 8.6 ha) of degraded forest in a steep hillside at 1,300 metres above sea level.
The seedling were sourced from three nurseries: Soneva Mea Teang Nursery, FORRU (Forest Restoration Research Unit at Chiang Mai University) and Track of The Tiger. Project management and coordination was carried out by PATT Foundation.
The Soneva Forest Restoration project follows FORRU’s Framework Species Method where a minimum of 20-30 different species are planted. This will attract seed-disbursing birds that over a 6-7 year period bring in species from nearby areas and turn the area to a rich biodivers forest of up to 90 different species or more.