Timberland’s tree planting activities in India are far from glamorous: we focus our efforts on land that is barren (desperate for trees, but sometimes difficult to water) and sites that are largely ignored by most people for planting (such as garbage dumps and Hindu cremation grounds). But we’re used to getting down and dirty; in places like Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune, Timberland India has planted 2,000 trees to date.
We also host tree planting activities in some of these cities’ public parks, where ornamental plants are plentiful, but robust, indigenous varieties of shade-providing and soil-gripping trees often are not. As an added bonus, our park-centered projects tend to draw a lot of community volunteers, and we love having their company!
The trees we grow are mainly shade-giving indigenous varieties with deep root systems, known to have a high survival rate. One of our most favored trees is the Ficus Religiosa – a variety of ficus tree only found in India, and considered to be sacred.
Our reforestation efforts in India are inspired by our mentor and guide, Peepal Baba. Peepal got his nickname (his given name is Swami Prem Parivartan) from the type of tree he plants; he started planting trees at the age of ten and has dedicated his life to tree planting.