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The Forest Project

ptt      These days it is hard to find a green patch of land in cities like Bangkok. Which is why it is good to see corporations like PTT, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, with a “Green Roadmap”. 

Their first “forest in the city” plot is in an urban area of Prawet district in Eastern Bangkok. The objectives of this 4.74 acre plot are to increase green spaces for city dwellers and to promote afforestation as the green symbol for Bangkokians. 

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People can go and observe the forest from a skywalk and from the top of a 23 meter high observation tower. This way they don’t disturb the 250 native plant species in the forest below. “The Metro – Forest Project” (โครงการป่าในกรุง ปตท.) is open ever day, except Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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Project Summary
Located at the Eastern fringes of Bangkok in the suburban district of Prawet, approximately 6 kilometers from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, lies The Metro-Forest Project. An ecological regeneration project designed asan outdoor exhibition space to cultivate environmental awareness and educate visitors about local forest ecology.The project, on an abandoned site, aimed to reclaim 2-hectares (4.75 acre) of valuable land and reverse the trends of suburban sprawl, urban heat island, and flood-prone developments through the incorporation of historically local (native and introduced) lowland tropical tree species.
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No more driving out of town for hours just to be amongst greenery (which is the case if you’ve been to all the parks, as well as the Bangkrajao wetlands). Hop on an Airport Rail Link train, get off at Ladkrabang Station, and take a short taxi ride for what is perhaps the first manmade forest in Bangkok - the Metro Forest Project-to hug some trees and breathe in fresh air.
Behind the project is petroleum giant PTT, who spent two years transforming a 19,200-square-meter reclaimed land on Sukhapiban 2 Road into a lush park. PTT commenced with the project in 2013 to commemorate the 60th birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, whose works include expanding greenery landscapes throughout the country. But instead of creating just another public park, PTT, led by then CEO Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, 
decided to adopt a unique afforestation method invented by award-winning Japanese botanist Dr. Akira Miyawaki. The method involves planting many - four to five in particula - types of trees per square meter to create a native, forest-like ecology that shortens the forest’s maturing time from eight to ten years to only three to five years. The Metro Forest Project features more than 270 species of plants.