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A trust to promote concern for indigenous trees in the city

It was sometime in June 2005 that the first stirrings of a new movement for trees began in Chennai. A few of us who felt a need for an organization to speak for trees, joined together to form NIZHAL (shade), a trust to promote concern for trees in the city, which was registered in September 2005.

The idea was to bring about awareness on the role of trees in our lives and on the need to plant, propagate and care for trees for the benefit of all.

About Us
Nizhal initiated one major project, the greening of Kattuppalli, and many smaller ones like trees surveys and tree walks in its first year. Nizhal also paved the way for advocacy by meeting with the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation and the Chiefs of the Highways and Forestry Departments.

If the first year was busy, the following years have been more so. Nizhal has pioneered in indigenous tree diversity. Conservation and restoration and protecting water bodies through green corridors (Bio shield). Free the Tree’ campaigns to prevent tree abuse.

Nizhal has also conducted awareness sessions for schools, colleges and varied citizen groups. All this has been possible through the efforts of a growing volunteer base comprising of volunteers of all ages from all walks of life.


Conserve and enhance Indigenous tree biodiversity for wellness of habitats and all living communities.


Making a Greening movement with the help of public private partnerships and local communities.

Awards /Recognition

In 2013 Nizhal received the Best NGO Award in the environmental category from Government of Tamil Nadu, on World Forestry Day.

Best NGO Award 2013

Nizhal was selected as one of the national winners of the Mahindra Spark the Rise Award for 2012

National winners 2012


Mr. S. Theodore Baskaran​ A writer and naturalist, former Chief Postmaster General, Government of Tamil Nadu. ​

Dr. SekharRaghavan​ Director, Rain Centre, Chennai.​​

Dr. P. Dayanandan Former HOD, Botany Dept., Madras Christian College, Chennai.

Dr. D. Narasimhan​ HOD, Botany Dept. Madras Christian College, Chennai.​.

Mr. N. Dayanandam Retd Joint Director, Dept of Agriculture, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Raghavendra Rao Organic Farmer and Horticulturist.

Mr. G. Ramakrishnan Retd. Deputy Director, Dept of Agriculture, Government of Tamil Nadu.



Jun 04
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Community greening at Taramani MRTS
Jun 03
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Greening at Kotturpuram Urban Forest (KUF)
Jun 03
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Community greening at Madhavaram Urban Forest (MUF)