The Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, has over the years been described as the Garden City of West Africa.
This was because of the wide variety of flower species and plants that were dotted along major neighbourhoods in the Metropolis.
The same cannot be said now, since there has been a massive depletion of the greenery in the city, and the Ashanti Region’s vegetative cover due to human activities.
As part of the government’s Green Ghana Project, inhabitants of the region, as well as other stakeholders, have called for a concerted effort in restoring the Garden City to its past glory.
An Ashanti Region historian who is also the Manhyia Palace Museum Historian, Sarfo Kantanka, explains that due to the greenery of Kumasi, Queen Elizabeth in 1961 described the place as the Garden City.
“In 1961, Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to Ghana and visited Kumasi. When she came and saw the environment, how the whole city was built within woods (forest), she then named Kumasi the garden city”.
He said laws were enforced strictly at the time to ensure that trees were preserved.
“It was intentional to preserve trees because it was one of the laws in the kingdom that nobody should cut down a tree without asking permission. If a tree fell by accident, they organised a funeral for a tree that had fallen. So, they treasured the Greenland. That is to say, wherever they left green was intentional”.