A TOTAL of 90 native trees were planted at Simla Park in Lautoka to mark Arbor Day celebrations at the western administrative centre.
Lautoka City Council special administrator Praveen Bala said Arbor Day was an important day in the calendar of events for the nation.
"I urge everyone to respect trees and plants as they are part of us, if you remove or cut one tree be sure to replace it," he said.
"Today we find people are so insensitive to the important part plants and trees play in the promotion of mankind."
Mr Bala said he hoped the planting of trees would not be restricted to Arbor Day only.
"Arbor Day is merely a day to remember and recognise the significance of plants and trees in our lives," he said.
He said people should continue to be good citizens by planting more trees to retain the balance of nature and beauty of the country.
The council has also offered incentives to those selling plants at Churchill Park.
"We found out that some of them came all the way from Ra and Rakiraki and we decided to allow them to operate free-of-charge by putting a waiver on fees from next week," said Mr Bala. Arbor week in Lautoka has been extended for one week.