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23 February 2018 06:11 pm

16,000 trees to be planted for 2022 World Cup stadiums, venues

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Renewing its commitment to sustainability ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, announced Thursday during a Tree Nursery inauguration that 16,000 trees would be planted ahead of 2022 to adorn World Cup stadiums and venues in Qatar.

The Tree Nursery is located on an 880,000 sq m site to the north of Doha where 5,000 transplanted saplings are already growing. With varietals imported from Spain, Thailand, and China, the nursery hopes to plant 46 different species of trees and thousands of shrubs ahead of the World Cup.

Photo credit: Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

“It is one of the biggest nurseries in the Middle East,” said Yasser Abdulla al Mulla, SC Landscape and Sport Turf Senior Manager. “Each year it will produce 1.2 million square metres of landscape grass. We have over 16,000 trees from different countries with 46 varieties – enough to cover all the football stadiums for use in recreational areas, as well as provide the pitches inside them.”

Al Bayt Stadium will be the first recipient of the trees and plants, with the first installations arriving for transplant by mid-2018, followed by Al Wakrah Stadium further on towards the end of the year.

“The inauguration of the SC Tree Nursery is another example of how Qatar is delivering on its promise to ensure that the 2022 World Cup leaves a lasting environmental legacy for the country,” said Supreme Committee Secretary-General Hassan Al-Thawadi. “The project is a great example of how Qatar is achieving self-sufficiency across various sectors and industries, as it will provide all the turf required for tournament stadiums and their surrounding precinct.”

Photo credit: Qatar Tribune

In keeping with the Qatar National Vision 2030, the SC Tree Nursery aims to encourage environmental sustainability by growing trees transplanted from different regions of the country. As Al-Thawadi adds: “It’s also introducing new types of trees to the ecological landscape of Qatar, thereby contributing to the biological diversity. As such, it supports the realisation of the Environmental Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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