A ‘micro forest’ created by schoolkids in city

A ‘micro forest’ created by schoolkids in city

Children plant saplings during a plantation drive in Rakh Bagh. tribune photo

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 13

A tree plantation drive was organised by children wherein they planted 750 tree saplings on 250 sq yrds in Rakh Bagh here.

The drive was organised under the supervision of Rohit Mehra (IRS), also known an ‘Green Man of India’, and Geetanjali Mehra.

A total of 10 children namely Pratibha Sharma, Madhvi Sharma, Vaibhav Kapoor, Dhruv Mehra, Udhay Mehra, Diya Bharara, Lavanya Sehgal, Viraansh Bharara, Nitya Bassi and Dishita Bharara took part in the noble initiative.

Take vow to maintain it for two years

Ten schoolchildren planted 750 saplings on 250 sq yrds in Rakh Bagh during a plantation drive. Sixty different plant varieties of the state have been planted in the ‘micro forest’. All children pledged to save the 'micro forest' and maintain it for two years.

Mehra said it was the first-ever ‘micro forest’ created by children in the world, which was for the kids. The team is known as ‘Indian green warriors’ and have 10 school-going children. He said 60 different plant varieties of the state had been planted in the ‘micro forest’.

Madhvi Sharma, a Class XI student at Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana, said amid the Covid crisis, everyone has realised the importance of oxygen.

They said: “We all know that trees are the only source of natural oxygen.” Pratibha Sharma, a Class IX student at Sacred Heart Convent School, here, said the current weather was the best for planting trees and urged everyone, especially children, to plant more trees.

Vaibhav Kapoor, a Class VII student at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, said the ‘micro forest’ had been created so that future generations could have a source of natural oxygen.

All participating children pledged to save the micro forest and maintain it for a period of two years till it becomes sustainable.

They said the micro forest would host a variety of flora and fauna, who find it difficult to get a safe adobe in urban areas.

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