Rajmachi Tree Plantation

Celebrating the Birthday of His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS which falls on 20th August, Burhani Foundation (India) organized a ‘Reforestation and Environmental Study’ tour to Rajmachi at Khandala on 11th August 2018.

Rajmachi, located around 13 kms from the Summer Hills Khandala, is a popular destination for nature lovers, trekkers and for outdoor campers. In the rainy season this region is all the more beautiful with clouds, silvery water falls, streams, lush green forests and meadows. Over the time the species of trees growing at this place depleted and instead fast growing plants like grasses and shrubs replaced them, also called as Secondary forest. Secondary forests are forests regenerating largely through natural processes after significant removal or disturbance of the original forest vegetation by human or natural causes, displaying a major difference in forest structure and/or canopy species composition with respect to pristine primary forests. Secondary vegetation is generally unstable, if undisturbed by recurrent disturbances such as grazing, tree felling, and frequent fires, secondary vegetation may slowly be invaded by primary forest trees and can eventually revert to the original type. But the speed of change depends on the frequency and intensity of disturbance, and the availability of seed parents. BFI has acquired the expertise and services of Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre (MPCC) Mumbai, for this entire project. A total of 1000 medicinal plants have been planted at the site allotted to us by the Forest Department, out of which 125 were planted during the ‘Reforestation and Environmental Study’ visit.

A group of around 30-40 students from 5th to 7th Std of Raudat al Quran al Kareem School, together with 6 Teachers, a team of 4 botanists and members of MPCC, 3 environmentalists and 4 trekking experts, BFI trustee and project coordinator’s, undertook a trek of around 12 kms (to and fro) to reach the plantation site at Rajmachi. During the trek, students were explained in detail regarding a few plants and animal species. They were informed regarding the aim and importance of this plantation drive, how these plants are useful to us, how they should be planted and how they will be taken care of.

Students boarded the bus for their return journey, leaving their footprints by planting saplings with utmost care, love and affection for the nature. A day spent in the nature’s lap, trekking through dense forest, learning new things, observing birds and plants, giving something back to the nature, and also asking questions on various things they saw all the way, reflecting their curiosity to know more about the nature. We are sure memories of this trip will stay in their minds forever.

Photos from the event