Throw a ball, plant a tree

i3 2018 throw a ball plant a tree 01
i3 2018 throw a ball plant a tree 01

SMEC Oil & Gas colleagues and friends taking part in a Throw and Grow exercise; a young volunteer (below) doing his part in tree planting by giving out seed balls.

SMEC’s Oil & Gas team has launched a tree-planting campaign in October 2018 called “Throw and Grow” in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board.

Held at Margalla Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, the campaign encourages people to plant trees along the trails of Margalla Hills National Park by throwing “seed balls”, a variety of different seeds rolled within a ball of clay. This unique and internationally recognised method of tree planting is said to have an almost 50% success rate, compared to the traditional plantation success rate of 10%.

With Pakistan being a forest-poor country facing climate challenges, the seed-ball strategy is considered instrumental for rapid plantation, said Mr Tassadaq Malik, Managing Director, SMEC Oil& Gas, and a passionate environmental volunteer. SMEC is a member of the Surbana Jurong Group.

To date, nearly 15,000 seed balls have been distributed to park visitors. The project aims to distribute 20,000 seed balls to coincide with the monsoon rain season.

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