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Big crowds damage greenery

GREENERY officials had to work overtime during the May Day holiday as some green spaces were heavily damaged due to the high number of visitors in the city for the Shanghai World Expo, authorities said yesterday.

Officials said most of the grassy area along the Bund, covering about 1,300 square meters, was destroyed by people who watched the fireworks for the Expo's opening ceremony, the Shanghai Greenery and Sanitation Administrative Bureau said.

"All the grass was gone after the crowd left," said Liu Weiguang, a bureau official.

Workers at the bureau's Huangpu District branch had to work all night after the ceremony to plant more sod.

Near the Expo site in the Pudong New Area, the greenery damage was also serious. Officials had to change flower pots and mend flower beds.

Workers changed more than 12,000 azalea trees at the square near Xueye and Shangnan roads. More than 21,000 pots of flowers were changed on Pudong Road S. and Shangnan Road, covering about 500 square meters, officials said.

Officials said some roads around the Expo site, such as Yaolong Road, were too narrow, thus the greenery along the roads was easily damaged if there was a high number of visitors. Therefore officials had added guard bars to flower beds and widened the passageway.

Officials also called for people not to liter at the Expo site. Most sanitation workers worked overtime during the holiday to clear the Expo site of rubbish.


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