A conversation among six friends a few months ago resulted in all of them expressing their desire to create an impact on the city. That was how Madrasmaram took shape — with an aim to add back the lost green cover, with a focus on the indigenous species, work on street art and pedestrian paths across the city.
While the first plantation drive in Palavakkam in the southern suburbs of the city involved planting about 70 saplings of poovarasu (Thespesia populnea, commonly known as the portia tree), the group planted a mix of species for their second afforestation drive held a few days ago close to Covelong Beach. “We learned that a variety of species would be helpful in enriching the soil. We also looked for plant species with taproot systems so that they would not be cut off in case of any roadworks,” shares Tarana. The second plantation involved planting about 60 saplings, including punnai (Alexandrian Laurel tree), pungam (Pongamia pinnata), and poovarasu.
The group is keen to experiment with Miyawaki farming method ahead (inspired by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki), through which one can create a forest farms within small spaces.