Young people associated with environment group Association for Leadership,Education,Research and Training (ALERT) headed by Vasundhara Chavan volunteered to take off advertisements nailed into trees to observe Earth Day on April 22.
More than 2,000 trees in the city have advertisements nailed into them. When a board is nailed into a tree,that part of the tree dies, said Ameya Jagtap,member of ALERT. The organisation has been coordinating with the Pune Municipal Corporation to take action against people who nail boards into trees. The organisation had obtained support from the Garden Department to take action against those who harm trees.
The campaign titled Free the trees kicked off from Junglee Maharaj Road with over a hundred volunteers inspecting trees and taking off the advertisements. We also found many trees with wooden mandirs. It was impossible to remove them without cutting that portion of the tree. This prevented us from removing them, said Jagtap,27.
Apart from volunteers,locals also joined the cause. The campaign was also aimed at spreading awareness about maintaining healthy trees. When a nail is dug into a tree it allows various insects to enter it. The tree gradually becomes hollow from inside, Jagtap said.
Halogen lights and eatery boards nailed into trees were also removed throughout JM Road. The civic Garden Department has issued a 15-day notice to those who have nailed advertisement hoardings onto the trees. If they fail to remove the board,PMC will take action against the advertisers. The civic body has also enforced a ban on nailing boards and other objects on the trees.