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.
Target planning table For Trees (Year 2020-2021) 
Status as on date 31-10-2020
Site ID No Village Location Block District No of Trees Survived (2020-21)
1 1 Makhanu Temple Crematorium Diyodar Banaskantha 1,252
2 2 Diyodar Crematorium Diyodar Banaskantha 516
3 3 Mudetha Temple Compound Deesa Banaskantha 585
4 4 Juna Deesa In Nomadic Settlement- Jalaram Nagar Deesa Banaskantha 479
5 5 Benap Crematorium Suigam Banaskantha 1,073
6 6 Chaladar Crematorium Bhabhar Banaskantha 569
7 7 Golvi Open ground Diyodar Banaskantha 913
8 8 Dhedhal Crematorium Deesa Banaskantha 4,091
9 9 Amdavad (Head Office ) Amdavad Amdavad 93
10 10 Kakar Kankrej Banaskantha 250
11 11 Shirwada Kankrej Banaskantha 4,950
12 12 Kuvana Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 970
13 13 Vajegadh Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 3,024
14 14 Lavana General Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 1,718
15 15 Lavana Dalit Crematorium Lakhani Banaskantha 2,225
16 16 Lavana Grazing land (Pipalwan) Lakhani Banaskantha 7,541
17 17 Shiya Crematorium Kankrej Banaskantha 1,982
18 18 Katav Ramji Temple Suigaam Banaskantha 1,093
19 19 Soneth Crematorium Suigaam Banaskantha 1,039
20 20 Kakar Grazing land Kankrej Banaskantha 0
21 21 Aasodar Grazing land Tharad Banaskantha 966
22 22 Makhanu Near by Makahli Diyodar Banaskantha 2,940
23 23 Vatan Nava Grazing land Diyodar Banaskantha 2,355
24 24 Gela Grazing land Lakhani Banaskantha 3,321
25 25 Vastasar Near by Lake Kankrej Banaskantha 1,092
26 26 Chalva Waste Land Lakhani Banaskantha 1,936
27 27 Kakar Crematorium Kankrej Banaskantha 0
28 28 Kuvana Grazing land Lakhani Banaskantha 1,969
Total 48,942
There are total 21 villages in which trees will be planted on 27 sites in total. 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.