As the concrete jungle of Gurgaon expands, the delicate balance of its natural environment is threatened. The dwindling forest cover is a cause for alarm, highlighting the urgent need to preserve and protect the area’s native flora. Million Trees Gurgaon is a bold initiative by iamgurgaon that aims to plant a staggering one million local species in the region. Launched in 2011, the project has garnered support from a diverse array of stakeholders, including the government, NGOs, corporates, and members of civil society. However, planting is just the beginning as the harsh climate of Gurgaon poses a significant challenge. Since its inception, the project has successfully planted 2,75,373 trees today under four different
initiatives - Aravali Biodiversity Park, Chakkarpur Wazirabad Bundh, Sikanderpur Watershed and Forest Trails and Badshahpur Forrest Corridor. Despite the rapid urbanisation, the Million Trees Gurgaon project serves as a shining light, showcasing that it is still possible to revive and rejuvenate the natural world around us.
Maintaining The Trees
The Million Trees Gurgaon initiative is not just about planting trees; it is a movement for change. To ensure the survival of the saplings, the cost for sapling, planting, watering and maintenance for three years is 750 rupees per tree. The native species of the Aravalis require minimal care after the initial three years, thanks to techniques such as drip irrigation and mulching that result in a survival rate of more than 95%. Any saplings that do not survive are replanted in the following season.