This Bengaluru woman has planted more than 73,000 saplings in memory of her late husband
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This Bengaluru woman has planted more than 73,000 saplings in memory of her late husband

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The tree planting quest began after Janet lost her husband in 2005. During that time, the city of Bengaluru was witnessing large scale felling of trees.

Janet Yegneswaran from Bengaluru has done more for the environment than the added efforts of many private and government institutions. Believe it or not, she has planted more than 73,000 trees since 2006 and plans to add more in the coming years.   The 68-year-old planted her first sapling, a Honge tree, on June 5, 2006, in memory of her husband. On World Environment Day, as her sapling count reached a whopping 73,000, Janet expressed her delight over the fact that her initiative is now impacting the environment.

As reported by Bangalore Mirror,  Janet has planted trees in Bengaluru and also other parts of Karnataka. She plans to reach the 75,000 mark by the end of the years.

“It’s a proud moment to see the honge sapling planted by me, grow into a tree, near my house,” Janet told the newspaper.

The tree planting quest began after Janet lost her husband in 2005. During that time, the city of Bengaluru was witnessing large scale felling of trees.

Since I felt very passionately for the loss of tree cover in Bengaluru, my friends suggested I do a dharna. But I felt I wanted to do something a little more productive,” said Janet. “I formed the Rajanet Yegneswaran Charitable Trust in memory of my husband and decided to take up the planting of saplings in the neighbourhood,” she added.

A few months after the initiative began, Janet and a few other volunteers asked people in several neighbourhoods if they would be interested in planting saplings on the road. The response, however, was not very positive.

So, Janet decided to lead the initiative on her own and in just a few years, she forayed into other parts of Karnataka and also Tamil Nadu.

Presently, arrangements are being made to plant 1,000 saplings in Coorg and 1,000 more in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

To ensure efficiency and proper execution, corporates like Samsung,  KPMG, Sony and Nokia have sponsored the planting of saplings at many places in Bengaluru and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

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