Nizhal, a not- for- profit Trust to promote concern for trees, was established in 2005. Nizhal is committed to sensitive urban greening with a focus on choice of indigenous tree species and regeneration of local biodiversity. 

The Team  believes in making the entire process of greening and monitoring a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders including local communities.

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.

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.

Volunteer with us

Mail us - nizhal.shade@gmail.com

Each sapling represents a tangible contribution to a greener, healthier world, and it is through collective efforts that we can truly make a difference.

Contact us - 98409-04621

As we put down roots for the future, let our moral compass guide us, recognizing that the choices we make today reverberate through time, shaping the ethical legacy we leave for generations to come.