Thiruvananthapuram

Avenue plants get a makeover

Avenue plants being pruned along the Vellayambalam - Sasthamangalam road in the city.

Avenue plants being pruned along the Vellayambalam - Sasthamangalam road in the city.  

These include bougainvillea, tecoma, ixora, pagoda, red palm and ficus tree

The potted avenue plants which dot the Vellayambalam-Sasthamangalam stretch have got a much-needed makeover at long last.

The overgrown plants on the cement pots with its paint fading had become an eye-sore owing to the lack of maintenance over the last few years.

Among the 100 plants that had been potted as part of the Sasthamangalam beautification project in 2012, as many as 76 have managed to survive despite not being watered for long.

These included bougainvillea, tecoma, ixora (or thetti), pagoda (clerodendrum paniculatum), red palm and ficus tree (ficus benjamina). They were all pruned a few days ago, during a joint endeavour undertaken by the Kerala Road Fund Board and the Social Forestry division of the Forest Department.

Replaced

The other wilted plants were replaced with seedlings of Nerium oleander (or arali), a flowering species that is extensively used an an ornamental plant along road sides and in parks, J.R. Ani, Assistant Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry), Thiruvananthapuram, said.

Besides replacing the potting soil, the officials have currently kept the seedlings covered with coconut husks for moisture conservation and also to protect the plants from the intense heat.

The fading blue, yellow and red paints of the cement pots have also been replaced with red oxide.

The renovation and planting drive along the 1.26-km stretch also witnessed the participation of around 40 students and teachers, including those from the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for the Deaf and Dumb, Jagathy, and Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School, Kowdiar.

Volunteers of the Sahya Forestry Club, Mudavanmugal, in the city, also joined the efforts.

Mr. Ani pointed out that a few pots had been moved from their initial positions over the years by certain sections.

Shifting them back to their original spots has become difficult with roots penetrating through the pots and even getting twisted in some cases, he said.

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