LASPARK establishes urban forest park


Mrs Adetoun Popoola

Mrs Adetoun Popoola, the General Manager of LASPARK

By Uchenna Eletuo

The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) has established an Urban Forest park to bring residents close to nature, as the state marks the 2021 World Environment Day (WED).

In establishing the part, LASPARK was complementing the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources’ programmes marking the 2021 WED with the theme: “Ecosystem Restoration”.

The LASPARK General Manager, Adetoun Popoola said, while inaugurating the park, that the measure was to further create a green belt in the metropolis, to balance the ecosystem and preserve biodiversity.

Popoola told newsmen that the agency was committed to changing the state’s landscape to conform with an acceptable eco-plan, despite its urban status.

She regretted the earlier environmental setbacks at the Abraham Adesanya Estate, along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, the location of the park, which measured 17,256 sq. metres.

The LASPARK chief executive noted that space was the scene of heavy, unauthorised trading, artisan activities, and unlawful waste disposal, that resulted in the clogging of the drainage from the expressway.

She lamented that space, which was meant to meet residents’ aspiration for a close-to-nature estate, served as a hideout for nefarious activities. Hereby, posing security risks to motorists, pedestrians and the immediate community.

According to her, space was handed over to LASPARK for development, after the state ministry of environment and water resources had dislodged the illegal occupants.

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“The establishment of an urban forest park in the place will also meet public aspirations, though in another form.

“Portions of the area were allocated to organisations who indicated interest to partner LASPARK by adopting and developing the spaces at ‘no cost to the state.

” Individuals, SMEs, corporate organisations and NGOs are encouraged to ‘adopt’ open spaces, parks and gardens in line with the agency’s drive for a beautiful, healthy and sustainable environment by putting to good use open spaces that have already been landscaped or earmarked for beautification.

“Thus, it will provide opportunities for the development of scenic, ornamental and edible gardens as well as plant nurseries,” she said.

Popoola added that the entire space was now taken up by no less than 500 ornamental and economic trees, of varied species.

These trees attract birds and butterflies, thereby encouraging the preservation of biodiver

She tasked residents to be environmentally friendly by establishing gardens and practising waste recycling.


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