“ANKUR” a group of Fergusson college students have taken an initiative towards making the Fergusson hill a greener place by planting saplings. This group is led by Akshay Patange and its members Sourabh Suryawanshi, Purva Kulkarni, Sanika Joshi, Shreya Ramajgol, Prajakta Gandhi, Dinesh.C, Anuradha Jagtap, Tejaswini Khasase, Vaishnavi Mundalik, Utkarsh.
The basic idea of this group is to collect the thrown away seeds of the fruits like mango and black current (jamun) which are easy to collect and preserve. When observed that these seeds just add up to domestic waste, we decided to collect these seeds and plant them again. The seeds were collected washed and sun dried by us. The initial idea was of sowing the seeds directly on FC Hill, but after consulting Ravi Purandhare ( Chairman of Green Hills, NGO) and Chopde, these seeds sowed in small milk bags and left for germination. Compost and soil was provided by the NGO. We planted overall 180-200 seeds and they turned into small saplings within a span of one and a half month. Later on 25 healthy saplings were selected and replanted on the hill on 27th July 2015.
Members of the group again went to plant the next lot of saplings on 6th August 2015 and planted near about 10 healthy plants.
Green Hills NGO is currently working on the restoration of Fergusson Hill and “ANKUR” is helping them in this.
Sanchita Garule is a student of environmental science at Fergusson College, Pune