06th June, 2018
THANE: Even as the pre-monsoon showers since the last two days had uprooted many fully-grown trees across the lake city, dozens of Thaneites spent Tuesday morning making up for this loss by plainting more trees. On the occasion of world environment day, which was observed on Thursday, many organisations took up tree plantations drives or created butterfly gardens in their areas.
Citizens spent most of their Tuesday morning in increasing the city’s green cover. Sashikumar Nair, secretary of an NGO, who along with seven other members celebrated the day by planting saplings in the Happy Valley area, said, “Over the past few weeks we have been taking care of the trees planted by the TMC in our area. However, a few of them got damaged due to some construction work and debris dumping,”
“On Tuesday, we not only planted five new neem tree saplings, but also built protection walls around them,” Nair said.
Even though schools are yet to start, many schools— including St. Xaviers and DAV— observed the day by organising tree plantation drives for their teachers and staff.
“Our school is very close to Tulsidham ground and many of our students spend time in that area. We found that a senior citizens group were organising a plantation drive at that ground. So, we encouraged our teachers to take part in the initiative. They planted around 20 trees which will make the place a much greener one for our students,” said Simmi Juneja, principal of DAV school in Thane.
Some other schools went one step further and even created butterfly gardens for students.
“Children today have forgotten the importance of nature, even though it teaches us so much. While our academic year is yet to begin, we decided to create a butterfly garden where our students will practically learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly, the plants they live and feed on and the concept of life and evolution,” said Preeti Rane, principal of Kolshet based Aatman Academy.
“We called in an expert who told our group of 12 academicians about the basics of creating and nurturing the garden. We spent the morning by planting host plants like lemon, curry leaves and bael leaves. The plants will be nurtured and monitored by teachers and students henceforth,” Rane said.
Over the past few weeks we have been taking care of the trees planted by the TMC in our area. However, a few of them got damaged due to some construction work and debris dumping. On Tuesday, we not only planted five new neem tree saplings, but also built protection walls around them
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com