Tree Planting in Honor of His Majesty the King (03/10/2007)
The populace of the entire country has been urged to join the campaign “Tree Planting, 80 Seeds for Father” in honor of His Majesty the King, who is recognized as Father of the Land.

The campaign is part of the project in celebration of the 80th birthday anniversary of His Majesty this year. It is aimed to encourage people to show their gratitude to His Majesty on this auspicious occasion.

Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Khunying Dhipavadee Meksawan said that the project has been carried out jointly by the Office of the Permanent Secretary under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Royal Forest Department, the Royal Thai Army, the Boss Association, and Kasetsart University’s Alumni Association. It focuses on the theme “Deeply Rooted Love and Unity,” which calls on people to unite their hearts as one for environmental preservation on a sustainable basis. Under the project, it has been suggested that people grow trees with yellow flowers. Among these trees is ratchaphruek, known by several names, including the Pudding Piper Tree, or Indian laburnum.

Recognized as the national flower of Thailand, ratchaphruek is a deciduous tree that grows to a height of eight to 15 meters. It is a native of the Asian tropics and is found in mixed deciduous forests. It blooms from February to May and grows leaves prior to flowering. Ratchaphruek illuminates the cities and forests alike with its beautiful, bright yellow flowers.

Literally meaning “royal plant,” ratchaphruek is commonly referred to as khun among Thais. The color of this flower signifies Monday, the day of birth of His Majesty the King. So ratchaphruek is meaningful for Thai people. Moreover, Thais consider this tree auspicious because its bright yellow flower also represents Buddhism.

According to Khunying Dhipavadee, the Royal Forest Department is distributing nine million packets of seeds for planting throughout the country. Each packet contains nine perennial seeds. People wishing to participate in the project may give a donation of nine baht for one packet. This number 9 stands for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth monarch of the Chakri dynasty.

The seeds are available at various stores, such as Seven-Eleven, B2S, and major drug stores. Proceeds will go to the account “Project on Tree Planting, 80 Seeds for Father in Honor of His Majesty the King.” The donation will be presented to His Majesty for use at his discretion.

His Majesty the King is immensely interested in the conservation of natural resources because recent development of the country has demonstrated how economic growth can result in overuse and misuse of such resources. Tree planting will help increase natural resources and solve environmental problems.

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