Students from the neighbourhood were keen to come but unfortunately could not because of exams next week.
And to those from other parts of the world who are wondering why there are nails on the trees - it is common practise for small (and sometimes big) businesses to nail or hang their advertisements and banners on trees. Despite the corporation issuing a notice banning this practise, it continues, thanks to the lax attitude of the officials and lack of awareness of what this does to the trees. Nizhal, a local organization promoting tree culture, gathers its volunteers in various neighbourhoods and sets out on Free the Tree Campaigns (FTCs), where they remove the banners and nails, spread awareness among the residents and educate the offendors.
The area that we worked on today was 'clean' - no banners on the trees, but the old nails remained.
The plan is to meet again next weekend and work on the rest of the road.
I was particularily exhilarated as it was my first ever FTC! I had been waiting for one to happen in my neighbourhood, but soon realised that the best thing to do was to make it happen! Was a bit apprehensive yesterday when i sent out the mails/smses/calls to Nizhal volunteers in the neighbourhood - some of whom I'd never met, about what the response would be to such a last minute call, but everyone was so ON about joining, i'm so glad i did! here's to many more such initiatives in the neighbourhood.
This one on the left was one of the biggest nails.
Removing the nails sometimes left gaping holes - we put a soil + turmeric powder paste into them to help the trees heal.