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Trees for Wellness

Deogarh, Jharkhand, India

Available for Adoption: 50,000 Trees

Project Purpose
Trees for Memories

Location

AIIMS Deoghar, Jharkhand

Aim

Enhancement of

Biodiversity

Carbon Sequestration

Increase in

Green Cover

Reduction in

Air Pollution

Control Soil Erosion

Why Trees?

The project has its belief rooted in the correlation between trees and quicker recovery. "Hospital patients in Pennsylvania who recovered from surgery in a room with a view of a stand of trees needed less-potent pain medications and were released seven to nine days earlier than patients in rooms facing a brown brick wall. " (R Ulrich, "View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery", Science, vol. 224, no. 4647: pp 420-421 (1984), cited in "You are the Placebo" by Dr. Joe Dispenza). In addition to this, several studies have also shown that exposure to nature improves cognitive performance, self-discipline, and overall mental wellness.

Two researchers (Kuo and Sullivan) from the University of Illinois studied how well residents of the Chicago Robert Taylor Housing Project (the world's largest public housing development) were doing in their daily lives depending on the contact they had with trees. Their study concluded that trees can help cut social service budgets, reduce police calls for domestic violence, and strengthen urban communities. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago City Government paid $10 million to plant 20,000 trees, a decision influenced by Kuo and Sullivan's findings. 

There is a link between trees, green spaces, and mortality, and it is documented in the literature (James, Hart, Banay, & Laden, 2016; Nowak et al., 2018; Villeneuve et al., 2012). The authors of one research linked the infestation and death of ash trees (genus Fraxinus) in counties throughout the United States to an increase in cardiovascular and respiratory fatalities (Donovan et al., 2013). More trees, particularly mature species planted in strategic areas, might reduce particle matter and other kinds of air pollution, potentially lowering mortality and morbidity in our cities.

Reduced negative thoughts, depression symptoms, better-reported moods, and increased life satisfaction are all linked to trees and greener environments (Berman et al., 2012; Bratman, Hamilton, Hahn, Daily, & Gross, 2015; Li, Deal, Zhou, Slavenas, & Sullivan, 2018; Lohr & Pearson-Mims, 2006; Mayer, Frantz, Bruehlman-Senecal, & Dolliver, 2009; Taylor, Wheeler, White, Economou, & Osborne, 2015; White, Alcock, Wheeler, & Depledge, 2013).
Residents in tree-lined neighborhoods are happier and have fewer cardiovascular and metabolic problems than their counterparts (Kardan et al., 2015). The presence of trees can even help those suffering from neurological diseases (Mooney & Nicell, 1992). People also enjoy being around and observing trees and natural settings because they cherish them (Dwyer, Schroeder, & Gobster, 1991; Kaplan, Kaplan, & Wendt, 1972; Lohr, Pearson-Mims, Tarnai, & Dillman, 2004).

Social Impact

People and the environment, both benefit from trees. The presence of trees in an urban environment has been shown in several studies to improve people's mental and physical health, children's attention and test scores, neighborhood property values, and more. Trees cool our urban centers and are essential for healthy communities and people.

Saplings of Bael, Asoka, Nagkesar, Neem, Arjun, and a few other species are being planted as a part of this project to develop wellness groves in the area. The plantation of 50,000 trees in the AIIMS hospital campus will not only address the requirements of people in a changing world but will also contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG 3) of ‘Good Health and Well-Being.' Trees improve health and social well-being by reducing air pollution, lowering stress, promoting physical activity, and strengthening social ties and community. A view of trees in a hospital can help patients recover (Ulrich, 1984) and lower diastolic blood pressure and tension in research participants (Hartig, Evans, Jamner, Davis, & Gärling, 2003; Jiang, Larsen, Deal, & Sullivan, 2015).

Local communities have participated in every step of the plantation process, including sapling transportation, pit digging, planting, and caring for the seedlings. These 50,000 trees will aid in raising the water table, reducing topsoil erosion, increasing carbon sequestration potential, and improving ecosystem services.

The project is an initiative to plant trees for the wellness of the environment, hospital residents, and visitors to the hospital site in the future.

 

Tree Species
  • Ber
    Common Name
    Ber

    Botanical Name
    Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.
  • Shisham, Sisu, Sheeshami
    Common Name
    Shisham or Sheeshami

    Botanical Name
    Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC.
  • Jamaphal, Peru, Jamb, Amrood, Amrut
    Common Name
    Guava or Amrood

    Botanical Name
    Psidium guajava L.
  • Jamun
    Common Name
    Jamun

    Botanical Name
    Syzygium cumini
  • Ashoka
    Common Name
    Ashoka

    Botanical Name
    Saraca asoca
  • Bel
    Common Name
    Bel

    Botanical Name
    Aegle marmelos
  • Mahagony
    Common Name
    Mahagony

    Botanical Name
    Swietenia macrophylla
  • Jackfruit
    Common Name
    Jackfruit

    Botanical Name
    Artocarpus heterophyllus
  • Mango
    Common Name
    Mango

    Botanical Name
    Mangifera indica


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