MADHAVARAM

Around 200 saplings have been planted on the TANUVAS grounds in the MILK COLONY, MADHAVARAM. In partnership with various Corporate groups and enthusiastic and dedicated local volunteers, the land has been fenced and the saplings are being nurtured and watered regularly. This is another model of community and institutional synergy for a green cause!

COMMUNITY PARKS AT CHITLAPAKKAM, PERUNGUDI, NEELANKARAI

Following the resounding success of the Kotturpuram Tree park, this model has been replicated across the city. Many residents have come forward with requests to start indigenous green hot spots in their neighborhoods. These parks are safe guarded by the neighborhood residents who are impacted directly by the transformation in their vicinity.

Neelankarai

Perungudi

CHITLAPAKKAM TREE PARK 
An account of Nizhal's Outreach - by Bhuvana Raj

A mini tree park at Chitlapakkam, a residential suburb of Chennai, symbolizes Nizhal's influence in spreading awareness among urban communities and reviving biodiversity. Nizhal's volunteers like us were inspired by Kotturpuram Tree Park. An initiative that started as a road-side tree planting in a small scale transformed into creating a park with indigenous trees in our locality.

It all started when our Panchayat sanctioned budget for a park in our area. We approached our ward councilor to discuss the idea of a tree park and got support from like-minded individuals in the neighborhood. Shobha was guiding us through out and helped us source the tree saplings. We carried out tree-planting event on 11th November, 2012, with people in our locality along with Panchayat representatives.  We planted 18 trees of different species like Eluppai, Malai Vembhu, Nagalingam, Poo Maruthu, Poo Varasu, Arasa Maram, Sarak Kondrai, Vaagai, Murukkan, Punnai, Atthi etc.

With community nurturing the park, the planted saplings have grown into young trees now with few of them blooming. Atthi & Cherry trees have started bearing the fruits. All of these wouldn't have been possible without the involvement of local community and sense of commitment shown by Nizhal volunteers. The real challenge had been to save the planted saplings from water-logging during the rainy season and watering the trees during summer of 2013.

A barren land has been transformed into a beautiful tree park by Nizhal's initiative. The real success was to get the local community care for the trees. Every evening, it is heartening to see children play under trees. 

You too can start a green park revolution in your area. Identify a public land and approach us. We will connect you to the local Corporation authorities and guide you through the process!