- Energy savings: shade trees planted on the east and west side of a typical home can reduce heating and cooling costs by 25%. Reduced energy use results in lower utility bills, less consumption of non-renewable resources, and fewer emissions released into the atmosphere. Shade trees can make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer.
- Air quality: trees absorb, filter, and remove air pollutants and sequester carbon dioxide while they grow. The amount of oxygen produced by an acre of trees per year equals the amount consumed by 18 people annually. One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
- Water quality: Trees absorb and filter rainwater reducing flooding and prevent pollutants from entering our water systems. 100 mature trees capture 241,000 gallons of rainwater per year reducing storm water runoff and treatment costs. Trees also reduce demand for outdoor watering by reducing evaporation and replacing thirsty turf areas.
- Property values: a mature landscape tree can add 10% or more to the value of a home. Neighborhoods with large trees are more stable, have reduced rates of domestic violence, and higher school test scores.
- Business success: in tree-lined shopping districts customers pay 12% more for goods and linger longer in stores. The pavement in shaded parking lots can last 50% longer than in unshaded areas.
- Educational success: trees and a green environment have been shown to improve self-esteem, self-discipline in girls, and reduce the affects of ADD in young children, all of which help kids succeed in school and grow up health.
- Crime reduction: urban areas with trees and a green growing environment have dramatically lower rates of crime including domestic violence. People come together under the shade of trees, which increases community connection and reduces opportunities for crime.
Planting those trees which absorb pollution, give shade during summers, are strong and easy to grow and are native to the environment. Planting trees is an easy and effective way to beautify your property and enhance privacy all while increasing real estate values at the same time.
A tree is far more difficult – and expensive – to replace in nature.
“Plant a tree Today, Save it for Tommorow”
[ FLOWERING TREES ]
[ FAST GROWING TREES ]
[ MEDICINAL TREES ]
Peepal Baba was born in 1966 in Chandigarh, India. Born to a medical doctor in the Indian Army, he had the opportunity to travel across the country at a young age. He fell in love with the mountains, rivers and forests at a very young age. By the age of ten he started planting trees in his neighborhood. The hobby grew into a passion soon enough.
Peepal Baba has been planting trees since January 1977. Based in Delhi, India, he travels all over the country to make efforts at spreading awareness for planting trees. He delivers talks and lectures to villagers, community gatherings, and students, institutions to create awareness towards importance of planting more and more trees.
Peepal baba has himself planted several thousand of trees. He has been a role model for many. His enthusiasm and determination has inspired many to protect and plant trees. His life is dedicated to the increase of green cover on our planet.
Today, at the age of 45, he goes about planting trees wherever he is invited. He is invited by families, institutions, communities, villages to inform them and inspire them to increase their green cover.
Concretisation of Trees space, leads to death of Our Friends (trees) and Our (We, My Children & Grand Children) Future.
what is Concretisation ?
The concretisation of trees in city has been an ongoing process, not necessarily as a result of any planned strategy to damage, fell or reduce the number of trees in city, but large as a callousness and ignorance of city people towards the needs and rights of our tree friends.
Concretisation is a fiscal drive. It is a fact that each bit of soil is being covered in different parts of the the city, be it in the residential colonies, on the main avenues or even in institutional areas and campuses etc.
Why is it happening ? (More area under concrete implies more money)
One probable reason for this high rate and pace of concretisation activity is that each square feet of concretisation entails a particular charge/ rate by the civic agencies involved. Thus, with more concretisation, more money can be made by the contractor and even the agencies involved in the concretisation process. Then, there is the added pressure from the corruption that is plaguing our society today, which is also known to be manifested in this form. More area under concrete implies more money.
The Myth, Loose soil in city is understood as an unnecessary cause of dust in people’s house. Nothing however can be far from the truth. The dust in City’s air is largely a result of the desertification of city, which is again a result of the cutting and felling of large number of trees. Unaware of this fact, city people think or equate soil with dirt and germs and for them loose soil is also a big waste since it makes for very bad parking space.
Where is it needed the most ?
It needs to be noted that in reality, choosing the concrete way is usually very expensive and used only at places where there is heavy vehicles movement, e.g. roads and highways. At the same time, leaving areas without concrete often requires it to be maintained with greens and trees, for which no one seems to have the consideration or the patience.
Delhi People shows the way to De-Concretisation at G.K – I (south delhi)
As Delhi develops into the world class city that ‘many’ are working hard to make it, concretization is the key word. And the concerete does not seem to be seeing an electric pole apart from a tree. And even as much is being said to protect and increase the green cover in the city, the existing greens seem to be choking to death. Most trees are being surrounded by concrete to such an extent that it leaves no breathing space for the tree thus reducing their capacity to keep themself upright.
The de-concretization did see some opposition from some residents, especially those who had gotten it done themselves, but the enthusiasm for conserving nature and perserving natural heritage and the court order ensured that the work has been continuing and over 60 trees have been freed till date. What is now needed is a citywide initiative to take this campaign to every colony and complex in Delhi.
The above was enough for Padmavati Dwivedi and her friends in her GK-I colony to persuade the Government, MCD and related authorities to follow the rules, uphold the law and remove the concrete cement from around all trees in their part of the colony.
The sacred Peepal Tree also known as Ficus religiosa.
The peepal is used extensively in Ayurveda. Its bark yields the tannin used in treating leather. Its leaves, when heated in ghee, are applied to cure wounds. Peepal or Ashwatha tree is of great importance in Ayurveda. It is believed to cure diseases such as gonorrhoea, haemorrhoids, diarrhoea, dysentery, gastrohelcosis, neuralgia and inflammations. Peepal tree is of religious importance also in India.
Some believe that the tree houses the Trimurti, the roots being Brahma, the trunk Vishnu and the leaves Shiva. The gods are said to hold their councils under this tree and so it is associated with spiritual understanding. The Peepal is also closely linked to Krishna. In the Bhagavad Gita, he says: “Among trees, I am the ashvattha.” Krishna is believed to have died under this tree, after which the present Kaliyuga is said to have begun.
The Peepal originates from India and is found in the most unlikely of places. In Nepal, travellers will rest under the Peepal to regain energy. In India, Hindus and Buddhists consider it a holy and sacred tree. If you do your qi gong or your yoga meditation under a Peepal, the benefits double or triple due to its strong energy.
Neem Plant also known as Azadirachta Indica
Azadirachta indica (नीम Neem (Hindi), Nimm in Sindhi Neem (Urdu), Nim (Bengali), Kadunimb (Marathi), Bevu (Kannada), Vembu (Tamil), Vepa (Telugu), Limda (Gujarati)) is a tree in the mahogany family Melancholia. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta, and is native to India,Pakistan, and Bangladesh growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions.
Neem tree is the official tree of the Sindh Province and is very common in all cities of Sindh, there are projects underway for planting this tree in all over Sindh Province. Neem trees also grow in islands in the southern part of Iran where it is called “Cherish” or Azad derakht in Persian. Its fruits and seeds are the source of neem oil.
Neem is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of 15–20 metres (49–66 ft), rarely to 35–40 metres (115–130 ft). It is evergreen, but in severe drought it may shed most or nearly all of its leaves. The branches are wide spread. The fairly dense crown is roundish or ovular and may reach the diameter of 15–20 metres (49–66 ft) in old, free-standing specimens.