In a significant effort to preserve the land and pay homage to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a massive vetiver grass planting activity took place on July 10, 2023, at Wat Anan Huai Sut Yai Subdistrict in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Acting Major Adisak Noisuwan, Deputy Governor of Prachuap Province, led the opening ceremony on behalf of the governor.
This initiative, inspired by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision, aims to restore moisture to the land and combat soil erosion as a symbol of loyalty and gratitude towards the monarch. Government agencies, along with soldiers, police, volunteers, community leaders, and residents of Huai Su Yai Subdistrict, came together to plant a staggering total of 40,000 vetiver grass seedlings. The planting was divided into two sessions, with 25,000 seedlings planted in the morning and an additional 15,000 in the afternoon.
Vetiver grass has been championed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej for its ability to prevent soil erosion, restore ecosystems, and protect the environment. The rows of vetiver grass act as a natural barrier, slowing down water flow and reducing erosion. This allows more water to seep into the soil and helps retain sediment, preventing it from settling in water sources. The deep and extensive root system of vetiver grass provides stability, effectively holding the soil and preventing erosion.
This mass planting event not only aims to prevent soil erosion but also contributes to the restoration of degraded soil and the mitigation of global warming. It serves as a powerful tribute to the late King’s dedication to environmental conservation and sustainable land management.