I am Jai Nakra, a 12 year old boy. In this blog, I will share my experiences of visits to the Aravali bio-diversity park in Gurgaon.
It all started 4 years back when I visited this park for the first time with my family and friends to volunteer in a tree plantation drive. The process is quite interesting.
- Take a polybag that contains the sapling and dig a hole using a Khurpi*.
- Then put the polybag in the centre of the hole.
- Take the polybag off the sapling and refill the hole with soil. Put stones around the plant to keep it from breaking when a storm happens.
- Finally, water the plant.
I became a frequent visitor to the park by my 5th grade. As part of our school curriculum, we learnt a lot about the organisation instrumental for converting an abandoned mining site into a beautiful natural park. ‘I am Gurgaon’ aims to plant 1 million native trees** that are compatible with Gurgaon’s soil and environment.
In my 6th grade, I began testing my limits. I climbed the wickedly high rocks of the park with my friends and began exploring ways through the grassy paths and hillocks.
This year on the ‘World Environment Day’, a nature walk was organised by ‘I am Gurgaon’. To my mother’s utter surprise, my sister and I woke up at 4 a.m. without giving her any trouble. Accompanied by two birders and a naturalist, we saw many interesting birds and plants and learnt a lot. As we walked along, my sister and I adventured through the park. We watched wonders like a Bush Lark’s descent. Unlike other birds who land like a plane, this particular species makes a descent as if it is a helicopter. It was a fascinating sight.
I hope all Gurgaon citizens will motivate their family and friends to plant more trees. So far only about 60,000 trees have been planted and therefore we need many more hands to finish this expedition of expanding the lungs of Gurgaon.
Note – You can find information on the nature walks and tree plantation dates on the ‘I am Gurgaon’ website / facebook.
*Khurpi- tool used for digging and removing grass
**Native trees- trees compatible in a particular area’s environment and soil.