Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Green push in garden city

Green push in garden city


Garima Prasher First Published : 03 Aug 2010 12:43:04 AM ISTLast Updated : 03 Aug 2010 12:45:03 PM IST
BANGALORE: The breakneck development work in the recent years, especially for the much-hyped metro project, has changed our garden city to a large extent with hundreds of trees being axed. Those who are close to nature and willing to make a difference by contributing for the green cause are either short of time or are not guided properly.
However, there is hope in the form of Tree For Free, an organisation that works towards a green Bangalore. Founded in 2005, the organisation does not wait for any special occasion to take up its programmes and plants saplings whenever it receives a request to do so. It has already planted more than 21,000 saplings. “We thought of using the space left unused in our layout. Tree For Free has assured us that they will plant more than 150 saplings free of cost on Sunday,” says Manju Sriram, a resident of Reliable Tranquil Layout on Haralur Road. Tree For Free will this week also plant saplings at RV College of Engineering and on Bannerghatta Road.
“We thought of planting saplings to restore the green canopy, instead of lamenting over trees being felled for development projects. We get requests from schools, colleges, corporates and the public to plant saplings. We inspect the areas and ensure that the saplings will be taken care of,” says Janet Yegneswaram, founder president, Tree For Free. The organisation, which has 150 volunteers, also welcomes green volunteers for planting saplings. Log on to www.treeforfree.org for details.

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