Noida: Heritage trees are very important as in the name of urbanisation trees are getting felled quite frequently. Any tree with an estimated age of 50 years is known to be a heritage tree.
Rajiva Singh, President, NOFAA said, “An initiative was started by the UP government two years back to identify all trees which are above 100 years old. Now before July 1, they are about to finish and release a coffee table book on this and start plantation drive. However, three trees have been identified by the forest office of Gautam Budh Nagar.”
“I along with my friends visited these three heritage trees so that we can spread awareness among the community and let them know about these heritage trees. We have till now visited 2 out of 3 heritage trees near Maripat railway station and near Achheja Village in Greater Noida,” he said.
He continued, “The villagers claimed this to be a 240 years old tree. It has for sure a history of its own. The significance could be much more. And what bliss to hug a 240 years old living tree.”
“There could be a possibility that some of these trees could have historical importance. These trees hold some mythological or historical importance and even some religious connection. Also, the endangered species of tree varieties which may be the last ones in the region can be looked for restoration. With this initiative of the UP government, there could also be species which may well be discovered for the first time,” said Singh.
He concluded, “It creates a lot of awareness among people on the importance of trees. Urbanisation has been taking its toll and deforestation is happening. We need to stop that for an ecological balance and restore this balance. We should teach our next generation on the importance of growing more trees.”