PLANS have been announced to turn one of Bahrain's oldest villages into a green oasis.
Officials hope to make Buri an environmental model for the country by planting at least 100 palm trees.
The project, spearheaded by the Buri Charity Fund, will also include educating villagers and schoolchildren on the importance of caring for the environment.
Palm Tree Village Project chief executive officer Jalal Majeed said the scheme had the backing of the Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry, which recently announced its own project to green Bahrain.
"While the National Plant a Palm Tree Campaign will cover the entire country and involve planting thousands of trees, we have decided to make our own contribution," he said.
Mr Majeed revealed the trees to be planted at the village would be named after families and other areas in the country to give it a cosmopolitan look.
"We will also agree with families and homeowners to take a pledge that they will look after trees planted in their property," he said.
The project has already received a BD3,000 grant from the Social Development Ministry.
Mr Majeed said the project would not only help preserve the environment, but also give a clean and green look to the village.
"It will highlight the distinct character of the village and make it stand out," he told the GDN.
Mr Majeed said the trees could also be used to fix ornamental lights at times of national celebrations.
"We are now looking for partnerships for the project as well as help and co-operation from the private sector, including from large private companies like Alba, Bapco and GPIC," he added.
Fund chairman Abdulrasool Hujairy spoke of the determination to get the project up and running.
"We are sure we will not only achieve, but exceed, our expectations," he said.
A nationwide five-year scheme to plant a palm tree at every home in Bahrain kicked off in October.
Run under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Women chairwoman, it is being implemented by the Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry.
It has already planted 650,000 palm trees across the country, but the target is to plant more not just on streets but within neighbourhoods.