Vishal Shukla, Senior Manager, Firstsource Solutions Limited
It has always been a part of my upbringing to give things back to nature what we get from it and the fact that modernisation is sweeping away nature day in day out always worried me.
I am not sure that how much of the current nature would be available for our future generations and I fear that the way we carry mobile phones our future generations might be carrying oxygen cylinders and hence the inner side of me always wanted to do something for the nature and more importantly for future generations.
The premier drawback of living a fast lifestyle in a city like Mumbai is that you want to do too many things but would never find time to do them. I first heard about Grow-Trees through our annual Joy of Giving CSR event at Firstsource. I liked the idea a lot because while the ideal way to participate would be to actually grow a tree and tend to it till maturity, we do not have such opportunities in modern urban life. So, the method of planting trees through Grow-Trees comes closest to that experience, I guess.
I will introduce this concept to my little son someday, but have already done it with my pals and colleagues who have planted 100s of trees through this medium. I wish you the very best in all your efforts and hope you expand to more and more states in India and ensure that the least we give our future generation is a clean air to breathe.
Mahesh Kumar P, Inside Sales Engineer, IMI CCI
We came to know about Grow-Trees.com through one of our colleagues. Based on his recommendation, I had gone through the website and found Grow-Trees is engaged in doing lot of planting activities in various part of India, to retain our natural resources & ecological system. Also, I noticed that they had created the attention of many of the leading companies in India for this activity. So, I discussed with my Reach-out team and everybody showed their interest to join hands with Grow-Trees. We had a telephone and mail discussion with Grow-Trees Team to understand more about Grow-Trees.
As an individual or a company you can plant a tree through their website and get a certificate from Grow-Trees.com. You can also gift the planted tree to any of your friends/colleagues/visitors/customers/suppliers on special occasions. We from IMI CCI planted trees through their website and also planted saplings at Nakkalapalli village in Bagepalli-chelur road, Chintamani district in Karnataka. Also, Grow-Trees.com has a wonderful relation with some of the local social groups like FES & others, who can coordinate for your planting day visit. We, as IMI CCI employees felt really happy for joining hands with Grow-Trees Team and we look forward to working with them.
Mr. Nainish Parekh
Grow-Trees.com has become my outstanding sources for conveying my greetings.As school and college friends as also colleagues get spread across the world, how does one say hello to themonce in a way?
For the past three years, I have conveyed Two thousand greetings through Grow-Trees.com. In the process planted nearly Ten thousand trees directly. Friends have planted many trees in return receiprocating friendship.This way we remainined in touch.
The great achievement of planting nearly Nine lac trees by Grow-trees.com is just a start of an ever lasting journey. Grow-Trees team is compact, dedicated and effective in mission. I look forward to a continuing association in their achievements.
I believe investment in Trees can get one best returns ever and Grow-Trees plays a key role in communities spread in various parts of India.
Sunil Lulla, Chairman & Managing Director, Grey Group India
The idea of Grow Trees has been widely appreciated by those whom I have gifted these too. They are friends, well wishers and associates from the Media, Marketing, Advertising and Financial Services community, within India and around the world.
The idea of planting a tree in their name, gives them satisfaction, in returning something to nature. This is one of the finest gifts one can offer to anyone you care for.
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.