Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Volunteers take time off to spruce up Bukit Gasing

Weekend clean-up
Volunteers take time off to spruce up Bukit Gasing
THE heavy use of Bukit Gasing by hikers and visitors has caused deterioration of the forest.
"There are hundreds of people here, especially on weekends, and some people leave rubbish in the forest," Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Derek Fernandez said.
In an effort to clean up the forest, the MBPJ teamed up with groups like Friends of Bukit Gasing, the Hash House Harriers and students from the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Health Sciences Department to pick up the rubbish from the forest.
About 100 people turned up for the gotong-royong session on Saturday afternoon and the UiTM students even took the opportunity to collect data for their waste management research based on the rubbish collected.
Also present were Bukit Gasing assemblyman Edward Lee and several MBPJ councillors.
Entrance to the forest is free and Fernandez appealed to people who use the park to take care of it and to get together to clean it regularly.
"We may have to close the park for a few weeks to rehabilitate the forest if the situation gets worse.
"We're also hoping that the newly-appointed KL mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail would also retain the KL side of Bukit Gasing as a green space for the people,,' he said.

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