Around 40,000 trees are being planted to create an ‘Urban Forest’ in Trivandrum!

The saplings have been planted to compensate for 4,200 trees, which were axed for the four-laning of the stretch from Kazhakuttam to Mukkola.

Soon, Sainik School campus at Kazhakuttam will turn into city’s green lung as Social Forestry wing has commenced efforts to make the portion of the campus into an urban forest.

As many as 35,000 saplings of various species have been planted on 50 acres of land spread across three plots on the school campus.  The saplings have been planted to compensate for 4,200 trees, which were axed for the four-laning of the stretch from Kazhakuttam to Mukkola. Only 491 trees will be retained along the median and on the service road.

As many as 35,000 saplings of various species have been planted on 50 acres of land spread across on the school campus.

Several varieties of plants are being planted in the area which has only acacia trees earlier. Some of the varieties include  fruit-bearing species such as jamun, bullet wood tree and mango, flowering varieties such as kanikonna (laburnum) and mandaram , medicinal species such as neem, gamhar , red sanders and Indian sandalwood, and timber species such as teak, rosewood, mahagony and Portia tree, besides bamboos, reeds and palms.

Social Forestry wing will also plant another set of 3,000 saplings on four acres of land on the Sports Hub premises at Karyavattom.

Measures will be adopted to nurture the plants during the next five years. Social Forestry wing will also plant another set of 3,000 saplings on four acres of land on the Sports Hub premises at Karyavattom. It has also decided to plant around 6,000 trees on either side of the bypass in the long term.

Although they can never replace the beauty and the shade offered by the trees that once existed on either side of the bypass stretch, this mammoth project is certainly a step in the right direction.

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