The Rural Centre
   Krishnamurti Foundation India,Rajghat Fort Varanasi, India


   

 

   Forestry


The centre has earmarked more than 20 acres of land for growing forest tree species. Since 1993 the Centre has planted 2000 trees of shishum and 2500 teak trees and a large number of fruit bearing trees such as mango, bael, have been planted.

During July 2007, the Centre joined hands with UP Forest Dept's massive tree plantation programme. As a part of this programme, the Centre planted 2000 saplings of arjun, jamun, teak, gulmohar, bamboo. Large number of saplings has died due to cattle grazing and goat menace. Of these a few saplings have been survived.

Despite this loss of young plants, the Centre is determined and continued to plant more and more number of saplings in order to increase the green cover, which is in consistence with the values of the Foundation. In the current year 2008-09, the Centre planted 350 saplings of bamboo in one hectare. Another 350 saplings will be planted in another hectare during the year 2009-10. Bamboo plantation is a part of State Govt.'s "National Bamboo Mission" programme.

Due care and security measures taken to this large scale plantation have accelerated natural regeneration in this area. Across the vast expanse of 200 acres, numerous tree species such as teak, sisham, neem, pakad, peepal, banyan, gulmohar, kadam, kala sirus, tad palm, ber, parijatha, bamboo, palas, tabia rosa, kachenar, ashoka, pendula, etc. have grown in large numbers. A vide variety of shrubs, grasses herbs are also seen.

Balam kheera, a medicinal tree, is one of the oldest surviving trees in the campus. The fruits of the tree are used in the preparation of medicines for dissolving the kidney stones.

The floral diversity, in the Centre, has attracted a larger number of bird species. One can see tree-pi, drango, hoopoe, robin, pigeon, crow, woodpecker, kingfisher, barbet, humming bird, dove, eagle, peacock, sparrow, myna, parrots, and owl. Some of the wild animals seen are Neelgai, porcupines, rabbits, civet cat, foxes and large number of reptiles such as cobras, etc.

Nursery

The Centre has developed a small nursery for growing forest and ornamental species. The saplings are used for planting them in the campus. Presently, there are 350 saplings such as bamboo(bamabusa arundinacea), kala sirus, babul(acacia nilotica), arjun (terminalia arjuna), pakad, banyan, peepal, gulmohar, parijatha, jamoon(syzygium cumin), badhal,
Seethaphal.

The children also work in the nursery as a part of Green School Programme. They are involved in watering and weeding plants.

Future Plans

The centre has plans to grow rare and endangered tree species in order to conserve them for posterity.

The Centre also intends to establish a seed bank to meet the seeds requirement.

The Centre wishes to document the biological diversity of the Rajghat Campus. This project is dependent on adequate financial resources and human resources.