Sapgreen, the tree-plant enterprise, seeks to spread this green message by planting a wide variety of saplings at strategic locations in Mysore. Ashwin of Sapgreen says they have procured some 250 saplings of 20 varieties of trees. They are tall – nearly ten feet; which put these saplings above the reach of goats and stray cattle.
I do not know how they plan to tree-guard the saplings. These pictures, taken in a San Ramon (CA) neighbourhood, prompt us to improvise a supportive contraption, with bamboo and strips of discarded tyre.
Such supportive tree-guards account for a streamlined growth, which is essential for saplings planted in localities such as the shop-front pavement on Devaraja Urs Rd.
Skewed growth, such as this one, on Crawford Hall may be seen as an art form. But this wouldn’t do for a busy street with narrow pavements such as Devaraja Urs Rd.
Devaraja Urs Rd.could do with tree-cover that can provide much needed shade for shoppers and traders alike during long summer months.When I mentioned this to a shop-owner, Mr Prasanna, he welcomed the idea; and offered to do what it takes to plant a couple in front of his own establishment – Sudharshan Jewellers. Another location where Sapgreen could think of planting their showcase saplings is in front of the Coffee Day outlet at the JLB-D-Urs Rd corner. Saplings on such locations could bring Sapgreen the kind of visibility it requires to spread its Green Mysore message.
Yet another suitable spot is Javagal Srinath Circle on JLB Rd., where there had once been a tree. A short distance from this spot is a hotel that is coming up. Its developer could be persuaded to adopt a couple of Sapgreen saplings.
A tree slot on Sitavilas Rd., close to MUDA Circle