A visit to Keshav Shruti

While Environment day was still around the corner, a team of more than 20 members from PwC visited Keshav Srushti. It is a beautiful den of native plants and nature conservation habitat located in the heart of Bhayander. The team assembled at the venue by 11am on 8 June for a series of interesting activities which were lined up for them. This was followed by mouthwatering breakfast after which the NGO team briefed us about the organisation, the significance of the place, secret of conserving nature and preserving green cover, importance of ecosystem, the need of growing more trees for combating the adverse effects of weather changes and then walked us through the biodiversity at Keshav Srushti.

The activity session started with a nature trail where we walked through a vast stretch of woods and experienced the fresh air which is usually missing in the local parts of our city that never sleeps. The NGO team also showed us how their team along with another corporate giant had built small ponds to store fresh water and how they isolated the salt water from the neighboring beach.

After this activity it was time for the most interesting and engaging activity for the day- seed ball making. Having never known about this concept earlier, the team was absolutely thrilled to hear about it from the NGO team that told us about this technique which helped Japan in turning their barren lands, damaged by ruins from Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks into vast green covers. As we trace back history, this technique was native to India but Japan made the best use of it and is known for practicing the technique on large scale.

PwC India Foundation | My experience | A visit to Keshav Shruti

Seed ball making technique:

  1. Red soil is cleaned, smoothened and wetted to turn it into a clay like texture
  2. A seed is enclosed in between it and moulded into small, smooth balls which are known as seed balls.
  3. These seed balls are then dried in the shade and are used such that they are 50-60% likely to germinate and grow into a plant.

There are two ways to use them:

Tossing- While travelling, one can toss up these dry seed balls in an area where it is likely to germinate or where green cover is required.

Dribbling- Seed ball can be directly planted into the soil by clearing and watering the top surface.

The team was absolutely amazed by this technique and started to make plans on how to make such seed balls at home and use them during holidays, travelling, trekking etc. Members then were divided into five teams where each team was given seeds, red soil and water. With a great enthusiasm, teams made hundreds of seed balls which we gathered at the end and designed PwC's name with it. Every team was so engrossed in this activity that we hardly realised that the lunch time was passing by. Later, we all had a sumptuous lunch where the teams started connecting with each other and shared their ideas about what they would do for the environment.

The NGO members introduced the next activity- kitchen gardening. The team from Keshav Srushti demonstrated how plastic bottles can be best utilised for kitchen gardening. In a nutshell, kitchen gardening technique can help us in growing small plants in such single use plastic bottles which are usually considered as devoid. Plastic bottles were cut from the centre to show us how the bottom most layer of hard and porous rock/brick followed by alternate layer of fertile soil and vermicomposting can help us grow small saplings. Everyone in the team learnt this beautiful technique which also had an option to ensure water supply to such plants for 10-15 days without being physically present. The teams also bought native plants from the nursery for planting them at home. It was an extremely delightful event where we all got to spend time with nature and learn fruitful techniques to grow plants.

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