One of the precious projects of Crowd Foresting happened at Thiruvalla in Kottayam. The sacred grove at Pariyathu House in Thiruvalla has been extended by planting indigenous saplings using Miyawaki model afforestation.
Where it is?
This forest is located inside the private property of Mr. Nandakumar K Pillai, Pariyathu House near Alumthuruthi Bridge at Valanjavattam in Thiruvalla.
Why near a Sacred Grove?
Our ancestors always preserved, protected and built native forests nearby when they constructed temples and shrines. Known as sacred groves, most of them were destroyed in the name of urbanization. To highlight the importance of these sacred groves, Prof. Akira Miyawaki shows how these Chinju-no-mori (sacred grove) saved Japan from the earthquake hit the Tohoku District, eastern Japan, on March 11th 2011. He says not a tree from the local potential natural vegetation fell in this earthquake and tsunami. Especially those native forests trees planted inside chinju-no-mori or sacred grove.
It was in 1960 Prof. Miyawaki conducted the study of Chinju-no-mori using methods of mapping potential natural vegetation (PNV). Later he developed Chinju-no-mori using indigenous tree saplings near the Japan Sea and also at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Ropar.
Considering this Crowd Foresting also tried to plant saplings near a sacred grove located inside a residential plot. It is of great significance to build native chinju-no-mori (sacred grove) of the 21st century by integrating this traditional knowledge. The implementation of this vegetation-ecological reforestation is to be noted.