Human greed has eliminated medicinal as well as fruit trees. As per various estimates, very small area of Punjab land is covered with trees. In order to increase the green cover, tree plantation has been undertaken at various villages, cremation grounds, schools, colleges, police Lines, hospitals, grain markets, along banks of the canals etc. Nearly 1,00,000 trees have been planted at public places in Punjab till December 2012. In addition, around 9000 trees have also been planted at various public places in Delhi. The organization is adopting 200 villages in Punjab every year where trees are planted in homes and common land.
Planting Special Trees
Some trees like Banyan & Peepal produce more amount of Oxygen and also provide shelter to birds. Considering this aspect in view, around 2500 trees of Banyan and Peepal have been planted at some special places. Besides, 100 "Triveni" (special combination of Banyan, Peepal & Neem) have also been planted.
Tree plantation is a challenging job. An effort is made to water and nourish planted trees for years together to ensure survival of all saplings. However, new trees are planted in place of dried trees if any.
One Tree in Each Home
To create awareness about clean environment by networking programme and to increase the plantation of trees in short period, “The Campaign of Planting Trees in Each Home” has been initiated since February, 2010. For this purpose, a number of teams have been trained. On the scheduled day, people in groups are explained importance of trees and thereafter saplings are planted according to available space in each home. Medicinal trees like Neem, Jamun and Tulsi are planted in each home. However, if someone desires to plant more trees in his/her house, he/she is allowed to choose trees from other varieties carried by the tree plantation team. Chakresia, Alastonia, Tun, Kaner and Golden Doranta are more popular among villagers. These saplings are distributed among devotees free of charge by the team. The environment conservation drive started by Kaar Sewa has been given due recognition at National and International levels. For this great endeavour, Baba Sewa Singh ji has been decorated with the following prestigious awards:
1. Padma Shri Award by President of India on March 31, 2010.
2. Justice Kuldip Singh Award (by Capital Foundation Society New Delhi) presented by former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Dec. 5, 2011. 3. State Award by Punjab Pollution Control Board, Patiala on June 5, 2009.
4. Award by Assistant Secretory General (U.N.D.P.) during Eco-Sikh Programme at New Delhi on July 4, 2009.
5. Special honour bestowed by Prince Phillip and Mr. Ban Ki Moon (General Secretary U.N.) at Windsor Celebrations Event (Nov.2009) London, UK.
6. State Award by the Chief-Minister, Punjab on the event of 65th Independence Day function held at Amritsar on Aug.15, 2011.