Want to Know about HARIYALI’s PLANTATION activities? Read on...
THE PLANTATION JOURNEY SO FAR
Hariyali started it journey on the road of environment protection in 1996 with PLANTATION activity.
The sight of several abandoned stone quarries and denuded barren forest land at Chitalsar, Manpada,
Thane, with not even a single green shoot of life anywhere, was such a sore sight for the eyes of a
nature lovers, who happened to visit them by chance, that, then and there arose the urge to do
about it, to change the lifeless land by planting some life into it…. And started the first ever
of plantation of Hariyali! Environmentalist, nature lovers, ordinary but awake citizens, though a
group, came together with an urge that overwhelmed not just that group but every common man who got
associated with the project and thus began the Hariyali journey from barrenness to greenery, from
lifeless to the lively - flora and fauna, from environmental darkness to light for the humanity. And
has not just continued tirelessly for the past 25 years but has grown leaps and bound creating an
conducive ecosystem with it. Rightly, Hariyali believes in leading by example by doing it and this has
caught the imagination of countless nature lovers with whose patronage, we have progressed over the
As plantation activity grew it was realised that Hariyali needs to do water management as well to
support plantation. It was also felt necessary to have own saplings, thus the need for a nursery. For
good nursery it was necessary that there was prior seed collection activity. The entire activity
huge human resource which was contributed through shram daan by the several HARIYALIANS through
of hours of selfless service. The success story of HARIYALI is written on the thousands of trees
over several hundred plantation sessions by thousands of volunteers of all ages ranging from the very
senior citizens to the school going children, the ordinary nature loving citizens to the corporate
giants, from teachers to students, engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, principals and or course
the common man. Hariyali’s plantation activity is a story of collective success… and we all anyway
it to mother nature.
Hariyali has achieved several milestones and planted lakhs of trees over the year. In fact its
in marathi reads “Aata Aapule Ekach Laksha - Vruksha he laoo Laksha ni Laksh! “
Which translated in english means “We have set our eyes on only one goal – To plant lakhs and lakhs of
trees”. The notable plantation projects, to name a few, are plantation at Manpada, Thane which now has
about 20000 fully grown forest in the place of barren abandoned quarries, the forest at Bhavale near
Lonad, Kalyan Bhiwandi road, which was a 7 year project jointly taken up with the forest department in
the year 2008 and now boast of about 20000 big size trees with diverse flora and fauna, Plantations at
Munda Dongar near Nagla Bunder, Thane.
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Some notable projects at various stages of execution are:
- Munda Dongar plantation
- Digha Afforestation Project
- Tetavli Plantation Project, Kalwa
- Kasarvadavli Plantation
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detailed information on each of these projects and also view
related photographs click here...!
Over the years with experience Hariyali has learnt some simple but effective techniques of plantation
on a large scale. Be it the proper attire, the appropriate grouping and monitoring of volunteers, the
development of simple tools for sowing seeds, the use of waste plastic bottles for watering plants and
several other such measures, simple but effective. An instruction sheet will give you the required
for effective plantation. Do
click here and read the entire instructions...
SELECTION OF TREES:
Hariyali is fortunate to have several biologist and environmentalist associated with it since
inception. Their careful study coupled with the scientific knowledge on the subject of flora has
Hariyali to identify, plant and nurture trees of species that are most suited to the environmental
conditions. This not only ensures better survival rate but more greenery, natural robustness and long
life of the plants. If interested to know more just click here...
DO YOU KNOW?
- A tree counter is provided in the website to list the number of trees planted to date. This
is solely to encourage the future generations to do better by measuring the collective concrete
and also to instil a sense of confidence in them.
- The Guidelines for the nature lovers who are interested in participating in plantation
undertaken by Hariyali ?
- Corporates, groups of nature lovers, NGOs who are interested in requisitioning of event for
plantation, click here and follow the instructions
- For general information on species of forest - friendly trees preferred by Hariyali for
afforestation, click here.
- For general preparatory work prior to participating in plantation activity, click
Seeing is believing! So watch through a photo journey of the exiting plantation activities so
- Hariyali carries out plantation - one of its core activities - in a science-compliant way to
- Hariyali believes strongly in biodiversity as regards plantation. Mono-culture of any kind
that of Eucalyptus, Gliricyria, Subabhul, Teak etc. is strictly avoided
- Hariyali selects native and local species of forest-friendly trees and gives low preference
- Saplings of robust forest friendly species and some fruit types like mango, Jambhul, amla are
considered for plantation, rather than ornamental garden plants.
- There is a strong culture in Hariyali to ensure survival of plantation carried out which is
neglected. Appropriate post-plantation care is considered as vital towards this cause. Survival
range from 70 - 90% depending upon terrain conditions, infrastructure/ facilities available at
and other social conditions.
- Human interference is restricted to a minimum leaving the afforestation process to Mother
In view of this, no chemical fertilizers, weedicides, pesticides are used so that nature's own
is not disturbed.