Sudeep Bhalla, Vice President, Corporate Communication & Sustainability, Vodafone India
“The most impressive part about the entire planting programme onsite was the involvement and ownership of this initiative by the local community. Their acknowledgement of the jungle being the abode of the wild and us humans in a way being trespassers, the need for planting trees for immediate livelihood and long term sustenance and their healthy approach to sharing the wealth from this community resource, was indeed very reassuring. Their participation in the planting activity and sharing of myriad encounters with the wild, made my own planting experience much more richer and memorable”
Vodafone India has partnered with Grow-Trees.com for India’s first private initiative to develop a wildlife corridor between Kanha and Pench national parks. 300,000 trees will be planted across 100 hectares of forest land over 3 years. To kick start this initiative, the Vodafone team travelled to Rata village, located on the outskirts of Kanha national park along with representatives from Grow-Trees.com and their on-ground partner, Foundation of Ecological Society (FES). With this unique project, Vodafone India will be able to offset the33 million kg of carbon footprint generated by its offices every year for 3-years. In addition, it will support livelihood generation for local communities, enable reforestation and facilitate habitat connectivity in tiger breeding areas. This is a win-win-win proposition for all - the organisation, the community and the environment, exemplifying the true spirit of sustainability.
Y Sudhir Kumar Shetty, COO - Global Operations, UAE Exchange Center L.L.C
A tree for the birthday! What can be more precious than this gift that helps our environs? One, that can be remembered for generations to come.
As an environmentally responsible organisation, UAE Exchange immediately identified an opportunity to bring in a smile to the future generations in this thought. We found it novel to wish our employees a truly healthy life by planting a tree in their name on their birthdays. We are delighted at your concept of Grow-Trees that makes a difference to the world. We wish all success to each of your noble endeavours.
P. Sahel, Vice Chairman, Lotus Greens Developers
When we at Lotus Greens went looking out for an agency to help us with our green plantation drive campaign in October last year, we didn't have to look far. Grow-Trees not only helped us in planting 21,000 trees on the periphery of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar in the ecologically fragile Aravalli Hills, it also ensured positive outcome from the entire exercise.
By involving the local community - about 300 villages in the vicinity of the reserve - in the plantation drive, Grow-Trees succeeded in making the villagers important stakeholders in ensuring the life and longevity of the planted trees. As the villagers were involved in planting the trees, it is natural that they would ensure its safe nurturing and nourishment till the trees are past the vulnerable stage. Also, in the ripeness of time, once the trees grow to maturity, they would act as an ideal restorative to the ecologically fragile region and greatly benefit the local population.
We look forward to many more chances of association and collaboration between Lotus Greens and Grow-Trees in the future. Its impressive credentials and vast experience in carrying out hundreds of plantation drives and green initiatives make Grow-Trees an obvious choice and partner to tie up with for anyone keen on pursuing environmental and green initiatives.
Soham Srivastava, Digital Marketing- Asst. Manager, Muthoot Group
My overall experience of planting the 104 saplings in Sariska Tiger Reserve was quite amazing. As someone who has spent limited time in India and has even lesser experience with life in the countryside, this trip was like a chilled breeze in a desert for me. I had actually gone on behalf of My company, The Muthoot Group, to carry out a social initiative which we had started on social media.
Although my trip to Alwar was a bit haphazard and misguided, I had no regrets once I reached the location. Upon reaching the venue we were taken to the field where we would be planting the saplings. The nursery where these saplings were raised also happened to be located in the same patch of land.
Grow-Trees.com had done a great job in maintaining the nursery and ensuring that the saplings had a successful growth rate. The variety of saplings available in the nursery was also quite extensive; it had all the plants which would be needed to create a well balanced eco-system once the saplings grew into full grown trees. The representatives there were quite informed and educated on the topic and were able to give satisfactory responses to all of our queries.
I’m glad those individuals are looking after the saplings we have planted as they are genuinely passionate about conserving the environment, as should we. I would highly recommend Grow-Trees.com to all other corporates not only for what they do, but also for their high standard of professional & moral conduct.
Manan Choksi, Executive Director, Udgam School for Children
For time and again I have heard the phrase “plant a tree” but I have never seen anybody do it in action. I thought that if every year even if 1% of Indian population would plant trees then we would have about 100 crore trees in 10 years. Then I went in to the details that why people don’t grow trees and I found out some startling facts. First you need land, then you need knowledge and lastly you need about 6 month efforts on growing a tree to a particular size. In a metro city its impossible to find either of this. The most upsetting point is that once you plant a tree and its grows for about a year there is government regulation on cutting it. So people don’t plant trees in a fear that they may be not allowed to cut.
Then came a website called www.grow-trees.com. This made tree planting at a click of a button. I loved it. Directly or indirectly I have influenced about 4000 tree plantations. I am very happy about it. The best part is, many people whom I have gifted trees have inturn started gifting others. This proves that they have loved the gift.
Belinda Wright, Tiger Conservationist and Wildlife Campaigner
I was delighted when I inadvertently stumbled upon your website a few days ago.Since then I have "planted" a number of trees for friends' birthdays, and have got a lot of interested feed back.
I wish you continued success with your wonderful tree planting project.
Dilip Cherian, Image Guru and Co-Founder, Perfect Relations
Dilip Cherian has planted trees to honor friends on their birthdays."For years I have been beheading flowers and then adding to our carbon footprint by having them delivered. Its been a pleasure to discover the more sane option. Everyone who has received tree-certificates as greetings actually thinks I have invented the idea – and is happily copying! So more power to Grow -Trees.com and lets help the green march resonate!"
Krishnan Krishnamoorthy, Functional Consultant, Logica
Logica has planted trees with Grow-Trees for employees. I led a team of volunteers to assist with the planting in the 2012 monsoons. It was a unique experience. The satisfaction and the contentment at the end of the day was exhilarating; it is a happiness that words cannot express. Everything added up - the joy of community that we shared with everyone - villagers, the volunteers, the ZP members, the Panchayat members, Para workers, the children, Grow-Trees.com members, the co-ordinators and of course, Nature.
It was out of passion and self-interest that drove us to plant trees. All the team members who participated in this initiative, displayed their commitment and dedication to the cause of environment. We have planted on behalf of each addition of employee who have joined us. It was well organized, professionally managed and a scientifically planned activity.
The initiative also helped us gain effective information about Indian Rural Life and methods to safeguard common lands. This taught us the inter-linkage of forest and agriculture and how it can be used for economic and sustainable development. We got to interact with the villagers and were very much inspired by their dedication towards the environment. The satisfaction of planting trees, economic development of the area, and adding a smile to the community was what we took back and we intend to carry on this legacy. I would definitely recommend Grow-Trees to others.
Pratik Singhi, CEO, Lakshya Consulting
I always wanted do something for the environment, but it was more or less confined only to thoughts. Until Grow-Trees came along, that is. I have used Grow-Trees extensively for both personal and professional purposes – to gift trees to family members on their birthdays, to commemorate the initiation of a new client relationship, to welcome onboard new employees, to congratulate the achievement of a colleague and also to offer condolence to the wife and family of a untimely deceased childhood friend.
Irrespective of the purpose of the gift, the response that I have received clearly is an indicator of the strong impact this simple action of online tree-plantation has made on the minds, nay heart, of the recipient. Thank you, Grow-Trees, for making an impact on SO many lives!! Please keep up the good show!
Azeema Pardiwala, Manager - Organisational Development and Culture, Conde Nast India
Gifting trees to employees on their birthday was a refreshing change for them. Employees found tree plantation to be a symbolic and emotionally rewarding experience.
The professional manner in which the ordering of trees and its distribution was done, made the option even more attractive and the process easy to execute.
I would recommend Grow-Trees as a great employee motivational tool – plus, think of all the good karma you attract!
Meenakshree Nanda, Assistant Manager - Human Resources, Loop Mobile
It is always a deep rooted satisfaction to do our bit for our environment and planting trees is a great feeling. We should strive towards a greener planet and protect it for our future generations and that's the reason plant more trees. Grow-Trees has been an innovative and amazing association with things getting done online very easily without any hassle. The recipients of the certificates are elated and surprised with this out of the box idea. I will surely recommend Grow-Trees to everyone as it is high time we all take out few minutes from our busy schedules and contribute for Mother Nature.
Narendra Patni, Founder and Former CEO, Patni
PATNI has used Grow-Trees for Diwali and New Year Greetings. My Diwali greeting communications went out last week and I must tell you that the positive reaction from the recipients has been phenomenal. You rarely expect a reply to a Diwali greeting but the recipients have been writing back appreciating the gesture in no uncertain terms and praising PATNI for taking this step. I should add that this was mostly an India mail list. I expect a much greater favorable response when the Christmas / New Year greetings go out to the foreign audience.
Congratulations! and my compliments on thinking and implementing this wonderful idea.