Heartfulness Institute achieves the milestone of successfully relocating
India, 2nd May 2018: Heartfulness Institute (www.heartfulness.org), announced that it has successfully completed a milestone of translocating over 1,000 trees in just over a year. Sixty trees in the recent batch arrived Kanha Shanti Vanam on Saturday and the Heartfulness team successfully replanted them within the Shri Ram Chandra Mission premises in Kanha Shantivanam, Hyderabad. With this, the Heartfulness Institute achieves the rare distinction of having undertaken such a massive initiative of not just relocating but also nurturing the trees. Every year of the tree’s existence brings incremental benefits, by extending the longevity of the trees, and Heartfulness Institute preserves these benefits for the planet.
Commentingon the achievement, Kamlesh Patel, also known as Daaji, the fourth Global Guideof Heartfulness said, “Trees are the single most important assets on thisplanet. Their role and usefulness are beyond measure and most often ourunderstanding. Apart from preservation of the planet itself in the physicalsense, trees also exude spiritual qualities that help preserve and retaindivinity and create the required balance on a different level. It is thereforeimportant that the number of trees is increased, and more importantly existingtrees are protected from being destroyed. One tree saved is equivalent tohundreds of them being planted.”
Relocationand replanting of mature trees is a very complex, technical and often costlyprocess. Trees are mostly displaced because of development, and need to be verydelicately handled to ensure their survival. The soil around the tree for a 4to 5 feet diameter width and depth is first dug, then the roots are delicatelycut, and the tree is loaded for transportation along with a huge quantity ofsoil.
Retention ofthe soil around the tree is critical, and utmost care is taken duringtransportation to ensure that the soil does not come loose and the roots arenot damaged. At the destination, the trees are then gently placed into a largeprepared pit along with the original soil, and then allowed to graduallyacclimatise, under intense observation and care – including addition of rootpromoters and water retainers (hydrogel) – until the pit is covered up. Thisprocess takes 1 to 2 months if a tree is successfully transplanted.
AtHeartfulness Institute, the ongoing Green Kanha initiative is continuously savethese trees from destruction, as well as planting new ones on a large scale.The organisation is planning to work closely with governments, corporates andindividuals to increase awareness of the cause as well as to contribute towardsthe effort. Says Daaji, “Only a collective effort can help reduce the risk weare in today of facing a dire situation due to the rapid destruction of green cover.Heartfulness Institute has made a significant beginning and we are hopeful overtime that we will have more support from the state, corporations andindividuals towards saving the trees.”
Every year,across the country millions of trees are cut, creating a huge ecologicalimbalance and with it increased risks to the existence of the planet.Indiscriminate cutting of trees leads to immeasurable ecological, social,cultural, aesthetic and financial loss. Various studies indicate that trees:
1. reduce air pollution: in 50 years one treecan remove 30 tons of pollutants from the air;
2. save energy: the net cooling effect of ayoung, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners operating20 hours a day;
3. preserve life by providing a habitat forwildlife, butterflies and bees, leading to cross pollination;
4. help immensely in managing storms,flooding and water recharging, among many other benefits.
Over thelast three years, as part its focus to make the area totally self-sustainable,Heartfulness Institute has transformed the rocky, dry and arid land of KanhaShanti Vanam into a green space. Through relentless efforts, the tree count inthe region has increased manifold, the variety of species multiplied toencourage plant diversity, the ground water recharging capability increased bycreating artificial ponds for rainwater harvesting, hive boxes installed toattract bees and help speed-up the cross pollination, and flowering plants havebeen included to attract butterflies. Along with these initiatives, for thefirst time in 120 years of the drought prone region, attracted good rainfalllast year, benefiting the neighbouring villages as well. The aesthetics of theregion is now more pleasing to the eye, birds come to the ponds, and there isalso economic activity in the villages due to activities at Kanha Shanti Vanamand the requirements of greening the space.