300 volunteers turn up to restore green cover near Chamundi Hills
MYSURU: In an effort to green the area surrounding Chamundi Hills, nearly 300 people from various organisations participated in the seedball planting event at the foot of the Chamundi Hills. A seedball is a mixture of clay, earth and seeds that is generally used to reforest areas.
The volunteers planted more than 65,000 seedballs at the event, which was organised by Clean Mysuru Foundation. The ‘Green Chamundi Abhiyana’ is an initiative undertaken by the organisation to restore green cover to the area around one of Mysuru’s most famous landmarks. “We planned the Green Chamundi Abhiyana to create a green canopy around the hills. We have been planting medicinal plants, shrubs, fruit-bearing trees among other varieties. This will help provide shelter to many small animals and birds. This will also help increase the fertility of the soil around Chamundi Hills. It will also help combat climate change,” Madhukeshwar, secretary of Clean Mysuru Foundation told TOI.
The volunteers planted custard apple, tamarind, gooseberry, banyan, peepul, bamboo, mathi among other saplings. Clean Mysuru Foundation launched the first phase of the seedball planting operation at Daivivana on June 5 – World Environment Day.