The Ghana Tourism Ladies Club as part of efforts to aid in the restoration and conservation of the forest cover of the Bunso Eco Park in the Eastern Region has undertaken a tree planting exercise.

The exercise is part of activities to commemorate the group’s annual tourism congress.  

This year’s Congress is under the theme, “Beyond the return: Beyond the pandemic, a new woman”.

It seeks, among other things to revitalize the club to champion and empower women in Ghana’s tourism and draw attention and position women at the centre of tourism development. 

The group planted over a hundred species of Teak, Magnolia and Mimosa species of trees along the boundaries of the park.

The club used the opportunity to tour the Ecotourism Park which hosts a canopy walkway and has some of the rare tree species including Garcinia Kola, known locally as Twepea, reputed for its health benefits.

President of the Tourism ladies club, Emma Rachel Akua Oduro encouraged tree planting exercise among Ghanaians. For her, it is the surest way to sustain the county’s natural environment.

Other tropical tree species found at the centre include Okure, mostly used for dugout canoes and Alpha and Omega trees used for the local sponge (sapowie).

The 280-metre long walkway is suspended 40 feet off the ground with five bridges.

It has six platforms where tourists can make stopovers to explore and soak in the breath-taking fauna and flora.

It is the second forest reserve in Ghana to host a canopy walkway after the Kakum National Park in the Central region.

The facility manager of the Bunso Ecopark who served as a tour guide to the club, Mr Asare Frimpong revealed that very soon they would launch a Zipline to add to the thrills and adventures on the site, explaining that the zipline would be the second commercial zipline in West Africa after Obo.