Making Difference: One Step At A Time
A tree plantation drive was held in our campus during the summer (pre-monsoon) months of 2013. This drive was held in association with the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and AidMatrix Foundation, India. A total of 200 saplings have been planted around the boys hostel area and near the IIT Delhi Horticulture department. This event saw a widespread participation from the student’s community.
Here are the details of the saplings that were planted in this event:
1. Shahtoot (Mulberry):
Mulberry is a deciduous tree that can grow upto 10-15m tall. It has a smooth, grey bark and velvety leaves. It grows a cluster of long, juicy berry-like fruits which can be eaten fresh. Mulberry leaves are ecologically very important as they are a home to most of the caterpillars. The ripe fruit is edible and is widely used in pies, tarts, wines, cordials and tea. In India, it is used to make jams andsherbet. It is a swift-growing tree and flowers around March-April
2. Jamun (Indian Blackberry Tree)
Jamun is a tropical evergreen tree. A fairly fast growing species, it can reach heights of up to 30 m and can live more than 100 years. Its leaves are smooth and glossy and have a turpentine smell. It has beautiful white flowers that grow into purplish-black berries. The leaves are antibacterial and are used for strengthening the teeth and gums. The wood is strong and is water resistant. Because of this it is used in railway sleepers and to install motors in wells. It is sometimes used to make cheap furniture and village dwellings. It flowers around March-April.
3. Amaltas (The Golden Shower Tree)
It is a deciduous tree that grows upto 10-20m tall. It is one of the most beautiful of all tropical trees when it sheds its leaves and bursts into a mass of long, grape-bunches like yellow gold flowers. These flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. The fruits are dark-brown cylindrical pods. The tree also has good medicinal benefits. Its root is considered as a ‘purgative’ in Ayyurveda as it can be used to treat almost any disease. The golden shower tree is the state flower of Kerala and even a postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this tree. It flowers around late spring (April-May).
A newspaper coverage of the event can be accessed here: Nurturing Trees Nurturing Lives