These City Sidewalks Are Being Turned Into Lush Mini-Forests

No paving paradise and turning it into parking lots here.

PHOTO BY Facebook / Iloilo City Government Beautification Program

(SPOT.ph) Iloilo City is taking another step to fill their area with more plants and trees. A thin strip of sidewalk has been transformed into a bright, green mini-forest full of Nedra trees—and it looks like local government is looking to remove the entire paved stretch to put in more trees! The green makeover is part of the Iloilo City Government Beautification Program that has been working to add more garden pockets around the city. Check out the awesome before-and-after pictures below.

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The first picture was taken in October 2019. This thin strip of pavement runs along Muelle Loney Road, across Iloilo River and near the Philippine Ports Authority offices gates 1 and 2. According to the program's Facebook page, they decided to transform the space "for commuters by boat to enjoy in the years to come," by planting trees in the area. 

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A year later, you can clearly see the huge difference the wall of trees makes! With the the lush results, the progams chairperson Ninda D. Atinado gave the go signal to continue removing the concrete and plant more trees, according to a post on October 26

There's something satisfying about seeing the broken up concrete sidewalk, especially when you know lush trees will be planted to replace them. This wall of green is sure to be a lovely view from the river and will help make the place a little more livable. 

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The city government recently trimmed the healthy trees, they said on October 27. The trimmings will be preserved for future planting, not just in the current project area but elsewhere in the city. Aside from these cool tree walls, plans of a "Green Tunnel" were also announced by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas. The hanging gardens will be placed along the bike path on Diversion Road. 

Images from Facebook / Iloilo City Government Beautification Program and Ninda D. Atinado

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