Artificial forest in Sathya Sai Sanjeevani campus

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 10:22:51


Staff Reporter,


Dr Radhakrishna Nair runs a NGO namely Forest Creator. He says,” We boast of being civilised but on the contrary, we are cutting trees in the name of industrialisation, construction etc. But afforesting is substantially less. In cities, we give emphasis on parks. Parks are no doubt beautiful but do not contribute to Mother Nature.
It is to be noted that the ratio of man to trees is 1:4000 in Canada whereas, the world average is 1:800. So far as India is concerned; the figure is alarming 1:25. This prompted Dr Nair to plunge into the mission of Recreating Forest. He was very much inspired by Miyawaki Method of plantation.

This method is the brainchild of Dr Akira Miyawaki of Japan and has been named after him. This is a very scientific method researched and proved to be successful in creating indigenous rainforests across the country. Miyawaki method has already been adopted in 20 countries including India.
Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital completed 6 years on December 29. To mark the occasion; the programme namely Braveheart Woods was launched in association with Forest Creators headed by Dr Nair and support from Department of Forests, Government of Chhattisgarh.

As per the procedure; the area was surveyed, then the soil was tested and finally the plot was selected for plantation. Each pit of 1.5-3 feet deep was dug with a gap of 1.5-2 ft between 2 consecutive plants. In conventional method, this gap is 10-15 ft. Refilling of the pit is done by biomass only. No chemical pesticide is used. It is thinly covered with a layer of straw. Then water is sprinkled.

Dr Nair says, in this method, normal care is required for the plants. The height of the plants becomes 12-15 ft high approximately in 1 year. After 2 years; these take water and mineral from the earth and grow into an appreciably dense forest.

In the Hospital premises; around 2100 saplings were planted in 3 days from of December 27 to 29. Being a Hospital and that too for children; mostly medicinal plants were planted. The long-term benefits of such plants are: These conserve rainwater, provide more Oxygen and thereby reduces Carbondioxide. It further reduces Noise pollution drastically, absorbs dust, arrests water thereby maintains ground-water level.

Dr Nair observed that Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital is the First Hospital in the World where Miyawaki method has been implemented. It was heartening to note that the staff members and particularly the children showed keen interest.

Pragyan is working as a Physiotherapist in the Hospital. December 29 being her birthday, she observed it by planting 50 saplings herself. Usha, the ICU Nurse, accounted for 27 saplings. Boys namely Lakshya, Nilesh and Karan spent hours in planting and helping in plantation.

Dr Radhakrishna Nair has been awarded Ph D Degree for his pioneering movement by an International Centre in Germany. He opined that he had not seen a Hospital where heart surgery is undertaken totally free of cost. He considered himself to be fortunate to be present here amidst Sanjeevani family. He was quite optimistic that Braveheart Woods would become an example for other Institutions.

C Sreenivas, Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust felicitated him on this occasion. He praised Dr Nair for heading such a NOBLE Campaign and observed that Mr. Nair’s gift to the Hospital on this auspicious occasion will be remembered in the years to come.