Enthusiastic students planted trees to revive the tree culture of Vraja Ajhai Kala, Vrindavan, July 22, 2014: “Na Puro na janpada, na graamo na grihavayan, nityam vanauk satat vanshaila nivasinah”. The cities, the cultured lands nor the villages their houses are ours, we are the forest people dear father, we always live in the forests and on the hills. Shri Krishna said this to Nand Baba, as quoted in Shrimad Bhagwatam, reminds how much Shri Krishna had love for the forests and hills of Vraja. The enthusiasm among the young students in planting the trees to revive the sacred groves clearly showed their affection and devotion for Krishna and His land..
The middle school students of the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula & International School (BGIS) planted one hundred trees in the Ajhai Village. The tree plantation drive was organized by Friends of Vrindavan (FoV). The BGIS and FoV are partners in the Eco School programme under which the Environment Education programme is organized in time to time. The trees of Mulberry (Shehtoot), Amla, Kanji, Pipal, Neem, Gulmohar and Amaltash were planted during the drive. The students were divided in three groups. The first group dug the pits for planting the trees; the second group put the manure on the pits and planted the trees, while the third group watered them. It was a wonderful coordination between the three groups. BGIS Vice-Principal Shri Lila Govinda Das who was present during the tree plantation drive said that the BGIS has a plan to make a botanical garden in that land. The plantation drive in this land is a part of the process of making the botanical garden. “Efforts will be made to find out richness of forest heritages in places like Chitrakoot and Namisharanya and all those plants will be grown in this land.” “All the varieties of the typical trees of Vraja, the medicinal plants and the forestry trees are being planted here.” “We are making some water bodies also to attract the migratory birds,” said Lila Govinda Das.
Shri Nishant Vashishtha, the expert behind making the designs of the botanical garden said that the replica of the Goverdhan hill, Manasi Ganga and Yamuna are being made there. “We want to give a perfect Vraja look to this land,” said Shri Vashishtha. Jagannath Poddar from Friends of Vrindavan said, “We couldn’t plant more trees because of the scanty rainfall this year.” “We are waiting for the rain to plant more trees in different locations of Vraja,” said Poddar. It was decided that the students will visit the plantation site on every Sunday to take care of the trees. The vermi-compost organic manure made by Friends of Vrindavan recycling the flowers and garlands was used for planting the trees. FoV staff & volunteers along with the BGIS staff helped the students to plant the trees.
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School is a place where whatever is taught at a tender age, it stays for life. Thus, it becomes important to teach various human values in school. BGIS believes in embedding values in a child that will not only make him/her successful but also a better human being. And one of the most important steps to become a better human being is Nature Care and Environment protection.
Project Prithvi and Project Vrindaaranyam are not only Nature Care projects but also are a unique and effective way to educate children about environmental protection & its practices.
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