Planning is an integral part of tree planting, though the planting process make take a couple of hours and the nurture a few months to a year, the tree is a long-term addition and investment to our environment. Our team did a detailed study before hand in understanding the Ujjinahosahalli forest layout, Soil, water availability and choose the species with care based on its qualities. A tree will have a canopy and roots so before planting we considered the space above and below the ground and we planted all the sampling in a suitable time of monsoon between June and September as the land is moist and the rain waters the plants. Moderate temperature and good rainfall are favorable for saplings to grow as they need time to root and acclimatize before summer’s heat. As a result of all these and a long wait of 4 years we were able grow medium sized 4 feet plant to 6- 7 feet plant. To make that to 10 feet it might take another 4 years, yet it’s a good accomplishment. With minimal maintenance and forest department cooperation we have made a small difference. Out of 1000+ trees planted in 2014, 60% have survived despite all odds for 4 years. See the pics below.
We think it’s time to showcase that our hardwork is yielding with some budding fruits
We selected this area by surveying the soil, water and weather conditions.We chose this lake bed, advised the locals to help us in enriching this area by watering it for 1 summer and support us by avoiding grazing. This area required less maintenance. We were all set and we planted close to 750 trees in 2015 monsoon. We planted close to 350 plants in one side of lake bed and remaining 400 around remaining 2 sides of lake bed.
After 3 weeks of plantation totally unexpected happened showing us again that nature is beyond us. we didn’t anticipate lake overflow. (not that any year in near future for that matter). Since it was mid monsoon and it rained well, water overflowed from one side of lake to outskirts and we lost close to 350-400 plants which we had planted.
Post monsoon we revisited the area and replanted and remaining 350 plants. It’s been close to 4 years now and 2.5 feet plants have grown to 6.5 to 7 feet plants. Out of 350 plants survival rate for 4 years is 60%. We lost 40% on 4 harsh summers and human intervention. We could see close to 200 plants with 6.5 to 7 feet height now. Some of the pics are shown below.
A special thanks to all volunteers and our members in monitoring this continuous growth
Few images – Then & Now