Trees on DPI campus have botanical and family names

There is food for thought for those waiting under the broad branches of tall trees on the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) campus on College Road in the city. A good number of trees on the sprawling 16-acre site have got an identity. The Directorate of School Education in an effort to provide some information on the species of trees to visiting students, teachers and the hundreds of employees working on the campus is on a drive to label them.

Census

The exact count of the number of trees will only be known, once the ongoing tree census is completed. For now, many passersby can get to know the names of the trees such as neem, pongam, badam, nettilingam, teak and tamarind. The board placed on each of the trees gives their English, Tamil, botanical and family names.

Botanists welcomed the initiative as it would make the public become familiar with various tree species.

Noteworthy initiative

“The initiative is noteworthy as I do not think any government office labels trees and this is among the early campuses that still retains a good number of hardy trees,” says D. Narasimhan, professor of Botany, Madras Christian College.

But, tree lovers do not appreciate nailing trees to pin up any information, even if it is a nail or two. Placing a board in the front of trees or tying it around the tree is something that they suggest.

There are more plans to green the campus.

“We are planning to plant more saplings and also undertake cleaning the campus,” said an official.

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