An initiative with an aim to spread the word of environmental conservation and to capture the story and heritage of the abundant trees in India.

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Asian Tree of the Year – India

Take a picture of a tree that has an interesting story (personal or of cultural significance) and share it with us.
Win cash prizes of up to Rs. 3000/- and an opportunity to enter the Asian Tree of the Year contest organised by The Carbon Consulting Company.

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Submission Form

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Winners of Indian Tree of the Year- 2018.

By Uma Bai CK

The Banyan Tree - Tall and Still. Karnataka, a state of many wonders has been home to natural phenomena like Chitradurga, St. Mary's Island, Yana Rocks, etc. Another natural wonder of Karnataka standing proudly, is the 400-year-old Heritage Banyan Tree. It's one of the largest magnificent trees which has faced centuries of natural furies and stood tall through it all witnessing changes in nature. The tree covers 3 acres and is one of the largest of its kind. It has a crown circumference of more than 250 meters and is umbrella shaped. For years, this tree has been sheltering many birds, squirrels and other creatures. During spring season, birds from different corners flock to its branches full of red figs. Spring always saw the red-bottomed bulbul, cheerful and greedy, parrots, myna and crows squabbling with one another on the tree. This tree is a point of attraction for nature lovers across the region. Thousands visit to get inspired in the realm of nature. This Great Banyan Tree has also been a part of major Bollywood-Tollywood films. This tree is not only a point of attraction or home to birds, but also represents hope, patience and prosperity for its visitors.

By Aprameya BA

Since the ages whenever the people have been he looked out for Stability and Immortality, I the Banyan tree have been the source of these symbolic representations in today's rapidly changing world. I have been seen as the hermit among the trees as I represent the spiritual and religious aspirations of the people. Multiple Examples can be found from the Hindu Puranas and Mahabharata. The Greatest Hermit Lord Shiva depicted in its shade in the form of the lingam and also as Dakshinamurthy, the guru of all types of knowledge. Mahabharata narrates us the story of a women Savitri who lost her husband Satyavan, one year after her marriage, near a Banyan tree.As Yama, God of Death was taking his life, Savitri pleaded for her husband's life and lord Yama refused her plead and told her to ask for anything other than his life.She intelligently asked Yama to let her have wonderful and obedient sons. Yama agreed to her wish. To fulfill his promise Yama had to give up. In memory of that event, Hindu women go around the Banyan tree, tying seven strings around it. Symbolically women are binding immortality into their married life.

By Sai Teja Pothineedi

The Farmer's shadow. Hello there, I'm a mango tree in the middle of my friend, Rangayya's farm in Panguru. I don't remember the details of my birth, but, I do remember the first time I met Rangayya. It was a hot summer afternoon, his father brought 5 year old Rangayya to the farm, we've been best friends ever since. I don't remember a day we don't meet, whenever he visits the farm. He's been with me through all seasons, the hailing storms, burning sun, cold winds, we've looked out for each other. He visits the farm every day at 7AM, does his works and we have our food together, some nights we have sleepovers to look after the farm. He loves the mangoes that I gift him every summer. But, did I ever expect a gift from him? No, we're friends after all. Spending his time with me is the gift, that's all. It's been 6 summers since I've seen him, I do miss him. But, his son has been a good friend all this while, filling the void Rangayya has left.

Contenders for Asian Tree of the Year - 2018

  • Uma Bai CK
  • Aprameya BA
  • Sai Teja Pothineedi

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