Raising A Million Trees - Participatory Tree Plantation Campaign

Our work with the nomadic communities involves continuous travelling across Gujarat. At some point, we have been witness to the changing landscape across the countryside. Travelling through the parched regions we see thousands of acres of barren land waiting to be covered in green once again. To increase the green cover of the water-starved and drought-prone regions, VSSM initiated massive Tree Plantation campaign in some of the aridest regions it works.

Some salient features of this campaign are
  • The entire campaign is carried out in partnership with the village leadership and panchayat. There is some contribution from the village in terms of sharing the remuneration of the person appointed to take care of the planted trees. The village body has to spare land to carry out the plantation and make provision for water. The leadership will be responsible for the survival of each planted tree.
  • Care will be taken to ensure that the trees selected are ones that can easily grow in the region, ones that have always been around/native to the region, are shade- giving, ones that birds prefer to perch and nest upon, flower well, bear fruits to attract the birds and the bees. The trees that are planted these days do grow fast, but birds do not prefer to build their nests on it. VSSM got in touch with Forest Department for procuring tree saplings at no or low cost.
 Trees have been planted this year.
Number of Villages covered
under plantation drive


Rainfall is very low in Banaskantha. The trees have a great significance. In view of this importance, we started planting trees in the villages where we deepen the lakes with the participation of the villagers. The villagers would choose a place where there is no future development to take place in terms of construction. That place should be clean, there should be a fence or wire all around, the villagers would make arrangements for water supply to that space. Then we plant native trees which are suitable for the land. We also select people from the village to take care of the trees at least for 3 years after planting it.
Site ID No Village Location Block District No of Trees Survived
1 1 Makhanu Temple Crematorium Diyodar Banaskantha 1,252
2 2 Diyodar Crematorium Diyodar Banaskantha 499
3 3 Mudetha Temple Compound Deesa Banaskantha 573
4 4 Juna Deesa In Nomadic Settlement- Jalaram Nagar Deesa Banaskantha 449
5 5 Benap Crematorium Suigam Banaskantha 1,055
6 6 Chaladar Crematorium Bhabhar Banaskantha 559
7 7 Golvi Open ground Diyodar Banaskantha 911
8 8 Dhedhal Crematorium Deesa Banaskantha 4,030
9 9 Ahmedabad Head Office Ahmedabad Ahmedabad 93
12 12 Kuvana Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 772
14 14 Lavana General Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 1,682
15 15 Lavana Dalit Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 2,041
16 16 Lavana Grazing land (Pipalwan) Lakhani Banaskantha 7,464
17 17 Shiya Crematorium Kankrej Banaskantha 1,982
19 19 Soneth Crematorium Suigaam Banaskantha 1,006
21 21 Aasodar Grazing land Tharad Banaskantha 1,054
22 22 Makhanu Near by Makahli Diyodar Banaskantha 2,918
24 24 Gela Grazing land Lakhani Banaskantha 3,321
25 25 Vastasar Near by Lake Kankrej Banaskantha 1,081
28 28 Kuvana Grazing land Lakhani Banaskantha 1,884
  Total 34,626
A tree plantation drive was also conducted around VSSM’s Head Office in Ahmedabad. The trees were planted by women living in Ramdevnagar Bavri settlement and the girls at Unnati Girls’ Hostel. Women at Ramdevnagar have formed a group called Bhavani Gang to eradicate the presence of Ganja and alcohol from the settlement. These women planted trees as part of stigma reduction from their settlement. The girls from Unnati Hostel have also taken responsibility to maintain one or two trees.