FORESTRY officials, their children and students sacrificed their Saturday morning to clean up a forest park area.
The permanent secretary for Fisheries and Forests, Inoke Wainiqolo, led his staff to clean the Colo-i-Suva area.
With hand gloves, sacks and bottles of water, the team cleaned the roadsides and the Colo-i-Suva forest park from 6am to 9am.
Principal forestry officer Pita Rokobiau, who is in charge of the forest park, said it was more or less a quarterly clean-up.
"The clean-up was initiated by our permanent secretary and when there is a lot of rubbish on the roadsides, then we do the clean-up," he said.
"The place is mostly visited by tourists and this is the nearest forest reserve to a city anywhere in the world.
"It is a few minutes drive out of Suva City and there are 13 endemic species in the forest and a lot of tree species which we have to protect."
Mr Rokobiau said the dumping of rubbish on the roadsides in the forest park area affected the flora and fauna.
He said it could also affect the water catchment area in the nearby Savura Creek.
"We have notice boards along the road telling people not to throw their rubbish in the area but people just ignore the notice."
He said people should take pride in the forest park and refrain from dumping rubbish in the area, affecting the environment.