150 trees within 10 years; Varandarappilly police station takes Environment Day seriously
Varandarappilly: In a land where many people show off by posing with plant saplings on Environment Day, a group of police officers have blazed a trail by planting trees for real. The premises of Varandarappilly police station has been beautified with the trees they planted every Environment Day. They have nurtured 150 trees in a span of 10 years.
The police officers planted the tree saplings in the 1.5 acre land surrounding the police station on every Environment Day since 1999. Voluntary organisations, people’s representatives, forest officers and students also plant trees on the station compound.
All these years, the trees were maintained by the police officers of the station. Though many of them got transferred to other places, the newly joined officers also took up the duty and did not fail to nurture the plants.
Large trees like teak, mahogany, rosewood are planted at the station borders and fruit bearing trees and herbs are planted in other areas. Eleven varieties of mango trees, jackfruit trees, guava, black plum, gooseberry, golden shower, neem and other types of trees also can be seen here.
A lathi bamboo used for making lathis is grown at the entrance of the police station compound. Station House Officer Jayakrishnan said they are planning to plant 25 more tree saplings on this Environment day.