Origin of the Keteleeria Formosana Hayata Community
Located near the campus of National Taiwan Normal University in the Daan District, Taipei City, the Keteleeria Formosana Hayata Community is a fine specimen of community building project. It stared around 2001, when a group of parents from the community began to meet regularly to discuss educational affairs and to take care of the trees in the Community. In 2002, in the process of intense community building projects, members discovered the precious Keteleeria formosana among the Japanese-style dormitories near the Jing-An Park. Towards the end of 2003, many Japanese-style dormitories, along with precious old trees, in the region were gradually replaced by concrete high-rise buildings. To better protect the environment, the Community members moved from protection of trees to protection of historical sites.
On 31 March 2006, the Japanese-style dormitories in the Community were officially declared to be municipal historical sites. Taipei City Government named the site “Dormitory of Forest Section, Governor General’s Office.” In 2008 the Association began to take up an empty field deserted after a fire and build an Educational Garden of Taiwan Native Plant, which, along with Keteleeria formosana and Japanese-style Dormitories, form the tree distinctive characteristics of the community, namely historical sites, cultural history, and ecology.