When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. When is the next best time? NOW.
We started planting native trees in two villages in 2018. We have planted more than 5000 trees and shrubs to date. We worked with the forest department in village sikhera to source plant species native to the area. We have tried as much as we can to add native trees and shrubs to the forested area. Pioneer trees from the ficus genus like peepal, banyan, goolar, were specially added to ensure further natural propagation of the forest.
In addition to a plantation drive, we also experimented with the Miyawaki method of afforestation. An area of approximately 1000 sq yd was densely populated with 3500 saplings. The saplings were carefully selected to mimic the native forest flora. A proportionate quantity and variety of shrubs, small trees, big trees, and canopy trees were selected to create a faster-growing forest. In another initiative, we planted 500 trees of pomegranate, peach, guava, litchi, apple, ber, Jamun, figs, chikoo, and mango fruit trees. This is to make sure that the School of Nature becomes self-sufficient with a diverse fruit crop harvest every season.