Nile Avenue Trees: Beauty and Heritage
Nile Avenue is one of the oldest streets in Khartoum constructed during the British colonial era and named after Queen Victoria. At that time it was paved by black stones that were brought from outside Sudan. The street was used for official reception ceremonies of delegations and visitors on their way to the Republican Palace.
The variety of trees -including Mahogany and Palm Trees- is considered one of the distinctive features of the street.
The street is widely considered a relaxing hangout and outing destination for visitors from inside the country and abroad to enjoy the fresh breeze, cool shade, refreshing atmosphere, and the great outdoors vibe of having cold or hot beverages while overlooking the scenery of the Blue Nile.
The head of the Forestry Directorate in Khartoum State explained that there are a number of trees on Nile Avenue whose age is well beyond a century; consequently, they must be considered a (Forestry Heritage Item) that must be preserved. Dr. Yusuf Abd Alrahman added that the Khartoum state Forestry Directorate oversees the preservation of Nile Avenue Trees in cooperation with other environmental organizations, explaining that the street maintains environmental and forestry harmony and reeks of aesthetic values. He added that the street is an outing area for the residents of Khartoum and is widely famous for its moderate evening weather.
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He said that his directorate has opposed the cutting of 26 trees in favor of constructing the new street which passes along the bank of the Blue Nile until an agreement was reached with the Khartoum state's construction, passageways, roads and bridges directorate to cut one tree and relocate three others to be planted on other parts of Nile Avenue.
Yusuf clarified that the relocated trees were in the planned path of the new street, but the construction directorate will make up for them by planting 4 thousand trees in different Khartoum state streets.
Yusuf demanded that the trees of Nile Avenue be preserved since they represent a cultural and environmental heritage. He also demanded that all the streets of the capital must be adorned with trees.
Dr. Mohammed Abdallah Alrayah explained that Nile Avenue was constructed by the British colonial rulers at the same time such as the Republican Palace and other ministries on Nile Avenue. He said the houses nearby were inhabited by high ranking government employees. He added that the most important features of the Avenue were the Ophthalmology Hospital whose manager was Dr. Hussein Ahmed Hussein, on the eastern side was the Unknown Soldier Statue near the railway tracks and on the western side was the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel which witnessed the ratification of many international treaties in Sudanese history.
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Environmental expert Alrayah clarified that the trees on Nile Avenue create a temperature degree that is 2-4 degrees lower than the maximum temperature degree in Khartoum state. He added a number of birds live on banks of the Nile in harmony with the ecological green cover there; feeding on snakes, frogs, and monkeys.
Alrayah added that Nile Avenue represents an integrated environment complete with all the elements of animals and trees.
He demanded the trees of Nile Avenue be preserved.
By Ibrahim El-Jack,Alsir Mukhtar, 09/07/2012