Thiruvananthapuram

Tree wealth documented

Friends of Trees, an NGO, has drawn up plans to enhance plant diversity at the Government Central High School, Attakulangara.

Friends of Trees, an NGO, has drawn up plans to enhance plant diversity at the Government Central High School, Attakulangara.   | Photo Credit: S. Gopakumar

Tree register lists 113 trees on Attakulangara school campus

The biodiversity on the sprawling campus of Government Central High School, Attakulangara, has been documented by the city-based non-governmental organisation, Friends of Trees.

The document of the tree wealth on the two hectare campus has been prepared on the basis of a tree survey carried out in March by a team led by the general secretary C.K. Karunakaran.

A tree register was drawn up in which family, scientific, and local names, and girth and location of each tree on the premises, one of the green lungs of the capital, were listed.

A permanent document of the tree wealth on the premises of the institution, the register is expected to be an invaluable reference in times to come.

A booklet with abstracts from its findings such as the kinds of trees on the campus, species composition, and steps planned to enhance plant diversity has been readied by the NGO.

The booklet lists 113 trees belonging to 28 species, 28 genus, and 18 families. These include shade trees and fruit-bearing ones such as mango, jackfruit, coconut, and rain tree; flowering trees such as gulmohar, Indian laburnum (‘kanikonna’), Ashoka, and Indian tulip tree (‘poovarassu’)'; timber-yielding trees such as teak, mahogany, and tree of heaven (‘perumaram’).

The most number of trees on the school campus were the rain tree, 26, followed by coconut tree, 22.

The NGO is of the view that invasive species such as copper pod (‘charakonna’) and Indian cork tree should not be allowed to proliferate.

The booklet, brought out for the benefit of students, teachers, and others, will be released by S.C. Joshi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, at the school at 12 noon in the presence of school headmistress T.S. Yamunadevi on Monday.

Last year, the NGO had catalogued the trees on the campus of NSS College for Women, Neeramankara.

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