Bunso Arboretum which is botanical garden located in East Akyem District of the Eastern Region of Ghana have Canopy walkway which encountered an accident last Sunday. Dozens of people have been injured and some are in critical condition according to the reports.
The local residents reported that a child seriously injured is being treated at Koforidua Government Hospital.
Most of the youngsters were the Junior High school students who had gone on a weekend trip after completion of their 2015 exams.
The mishap occurred due to the malfunctioning of the hooks of the walkway.
Bunso Arboretum Ecotourism Centre was started in 2014. From Accra it is about 165 km and 3 km from Accra-Kumasi road. The center is located near the Ghana Cocoa Board’s Seed Production Unit and is only on a 30 minutes’ drive from Koforidua.
The Bunso Arboretum is owned by a Kenneth Akuffo Asare who is a businessman and was managed under Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) by Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI).
The Arboretum has a walkway of 320 meters with 5 bridges and 6 platforms. And occupy an area of 40-acres.
In 1917 the area was given to African Products Department for the plantation of rubber and cocoa.
There is a guest House which is now used by the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies and is the official residence of the Vice Chancellor, was actually built by two British people, David Gillet and Frank Thompson who overtaken the management in 1935.
And currently the facility runs under Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) since 1946.
Bunso Arboretum is popularly attracted by tourists and on a good its visitor’s number approaches to 6000.
In Africa, Ghana is the uniquely identified for having two of such facilities.
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