Restoring Forest at Royal Project Nong Hoi

Photo: Thomas Abbott

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.

Photo: FORRU

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.

Photo: FORRU

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.

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