Trees for Communities

BHEL Campus, Haridwar, India

Available for Adoption upto: 25,000 Trees

Project Purpose
Trees for Rural Communities™


The plantation project is implemented in the BHEL campus in Haridwar. The campus is located at the boundary of Rajaji National Park.


Enhancement of


Carbon Sequestration

Increase in

Green Cover

Reduction in

Air Pollution

Generation of

Rural Employment

About the Project


As a nation, India is experiencing rapid development that holds the promise for a brighter future. The advancements in technology, industry, and various sectors are undeniably impressive, driving economic growth and improving the standard of living for many. However, this progress comes with its own set of challenges, notably in terms of infrastructural expansion. The extensive infrastructural development, while crucial for modernization, has led to a concerning rise in deforestation rates. This ecological imbalance has triggered a cascade of issues, such as deteriorating air quality and fragmentation of habitats. While development undoubtedly brings numerous benefits, it is imperative to critically evaluate the trade-offs and costs it imposes on the environment and public health.


This online tree plantation project aims to contribute to the restoration and preservation of an ecosystem that was similarly disrupted. Its purpose extends towards enhancing local biodiversity, particularly birds and mammals. The project also intends to establish a sustainable environment for the community residing in the campus area.


The green cover will have a positive impact on the region’s air quality and overall carbon balance. Both the community and wildlife will reap the benefits of improved air quality and carbon sequestration. An essential facet of the project involves planting trees, which not only hold ecological significance but also reap health benefits.


The presence of trees play a key role in improving mental health and social well-being by fostering community interaction and engagement [1]. The online tree plantation project will also help to improve the aesthetic value of the area, which could eventually be used as recreational spaces for communities.


Tree Species


The tree species chosen for this project are based on three factors: their ecological significance, community benefits and aesthetic appeal.


Indian mahogany/Toon (Toona ciliate) and Indian elm/Papri (Holoptelea integrifolia) can be utilised by the community for their valuable resources, mainly timber. Whereas, Flame tree/Gulmohar (Delonix regia) and Chinaberry/Bakayan (Melia azedarach) are primarily grown for their visual appeal.


Sacred fig/Pipal (Ficus religiosa) and Indian Banyan/Bargad (Ficus benghalensis) are also grown in this region. Together, planting trees of these species will play a part in maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystem.


Planting trees is essential for carbon sequestration as they store surplus carbon in their roots, stems, and leaves, effectively cooling the environment and mitigating atmospheric stressors. Additionally, they contribute to enhanced air quality by absorbing gaseous pollutants, thereby reducing the risk of long-term respiratory diseases.


Social Impact


Our project’s impact is not limited to safeguarding the environment. We are also committed to working alongside the local communities. In addition to creating a source of income for them, the locals also benefit from the plantation produce, mainly timber. Through our plantation activities, we foster community engagement, which is directly linked to improving the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals.


We also aim to improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the region with our choice of tree species, creating recreational activities for the community.


[1] Turner‐Skoff, J. B., & Cavender, N. (2019). The benefits of trees for liveable and sustainable communities. Plants, People, Planet, 1(4), 323-335.



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