IN the latest effort to digitize the tree literature displayed in Baguio’s parks, the city has put digital quick response (QR) codes on trees in the City Hall park.
First proposed by Atty. Rhenan Diwas, head of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), the QR codes on the trees will allow people who scan the codes to learn the trees’ species; common and scientific names, ecological significance and origin.
According to Forester Floro Bastian, an anonymous forester from overseas donated funds for 30 QR codes at the park in durable fiberglass that would better handle weathering than the old laminated cards that used to be hung on the trees.
Other tree planting groups have expressed plans to replicate said project in the botanical garden, arboretum and other parks, Bastian said.
Currently, some of the trees in the city’s various parks include Alnus or Japanese Alder Tree, African Tulip, Agoho, Cypress, Bottle brush, Jacaranda, Maple, Norfolk Island Pine, Bunya, Paperbark, Balete, Lemon cypress, Eugenia, Coral tree, Mahogany, Gmelina, Camphor, Eucalyptus, Butterfly tree, golden shower, Calliandra, Mulberry, Trumpet flower and Ice Cream Bean tree.
Other tree species around the city may be identified for QR coding, Bastian said.