A vermillion tree? Yes, and the city boasts of having one such tree, popularly known as the Sindoor tree! Can you guess how the tree got its peculiar name? Well, sindoor (or red pigment) is made from the tree’s dry red flowers. Therefore, the tree also has some religious significance too.
If that has got you interested, go visit the lone representative near Victoria garden. But, don’t worry. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to restore the precious tree to its full glory and plant its saplings across the city. It also plans to create awareness among Amdavadis about various flora specis too.
Interestingly, AMC’s tree census carried out with the state forest department in 2012 highlighted the fact that the city has just one sindoor tree (vermillion) situated near the Victoria garden.
One of AMC’s garden department officials, requesting anonymity, told dna, “We want to have diversity in our species of trees in the city’s green canopy. Also, we want to inform people about the various flora species, and also plant sindoor saplings in all the AMC gardens of the city.”
However, as these trees do not have a good canopy, 45 saplings of the specie will be planted in AMC gardens only.
The official further said that plans are to have an information board in front of the tree for people.
Since the city has just one sindoor tree, AMC officials have developed in-house samples with the help of the tree.
“Around 45 saplings are being readied and we are waiting for the saplings to be matured for plantation. The saplings will be planted within next 2-3 months,” added the official. This will help in saving the expenditure of purchasing new trees and also will lead to in-house activity of creating saplings.
Plantation of various kinds of trees seems to be AMC’s new agenda, with planting of drum stick saplings in municipal schools being the first move in that direction.
“The whole idea of planting drum-sticks in municipal schools is to improve school kids improve their nutrition level. Such activity was done in 107 municipal schools where more than 200 saplings were planted,” the official added.