As many as 1,000 saplings of 20 different varieties were planted by around 600 volunteers and defence personnel along Bellandur lake on Saturday morning.

The massive tree plantation drive was initiated by SayTrees, a non governmental organisation. The native varieties of saplings, including neem, amla, Aakasha Mallige, Champaka, honge, jackfruit, Indian Oak and Indian Willow, will contribute to the local ecosystem were chosen and planted. The saplings from nurseries in Tamil Nadu and a few on the city’s outskirts, said Sumant Parmar from SayTrees.

Sudha from HP, who volunteered in the plantation drive, appreciated the effort that has gone into the choosing the saplings that will support and complement the local ecosystem. “It is good to come together for a greater cause, seeing a greener Bangalore courtesy SayTrees and ASC Centre (North),” remarked Rinku Tripathi, wife of Brigadier Alok Tripathi, Commandant, ASC Centre (North).

SayTrees hopes to plant over 10,000 trees in the city this monsoon. The NGO plants the tallest available saplings in the safest available place and maintain them for a year to ensure the highest survivability, Mr. Parmar said.

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