The Ministry of Environment has taken steps to implement a tree planting program under the theme ‘A plant for love’, adding a new meaning to Valentine’s Day which falls on the 14th of February.

This tree planting program is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Padukka Green University or the Sri Lanka University of Technology Campus and the Sri Lanka Development Foundation.

The Ministry of Environment launched a tree planting program for Valentine’s Day Last year too. Accordingly, arrangements were made to plant 50,000 Mee saplings. This program is being implemented as per the instructions given by the Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera to implement the same program this year as well. Under this, the tree planting program will commence on February 14th at 09.00 am.

The Green Brigade of the Sri Lanka University of Technology and the Sri Lanka Institute of Human Resource Development are jointly planting saplings and distributing fruit saplings to 50 families living around the SLTC. In addition, the Environmental Studies Report will be handed over to the Minister of Environment, which will include a proposal to make the Pusselly Oya, a major tributary of the Kelani River, a wetland sensitive zone.

Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment, Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Education and Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Consumer Affairs will be present at this occasion. Ranjith Rubasinghe, CEO of the Sri Lanka Technology Campus and his staff has contributed to the organization of the program.