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.
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.