Van Mahotsav is an annual pan-Indian tree planting festival, occupying a week in the month of July. During this event millions of trees are planted.
It was initiated in 1950 by K. M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Agriculture and Food to create an enthusiasm in the mind of the populace for the conservation of forests and planting of trees.
The main objectives of the planting of trees during Van Mahotsav are to:
Provide fuel and thus release cow dung for use as manure. Increase production of fruits and add to the potential food resources of the country. Help creation of shelter-belts around agricultural fields to increase their productivity. Provide fodder leaves for cattle to relieve intensity of grazing over reserved forests. Provide shade and ornamental trees for the landscape.
Provide small poles and timber for agricultural implements, house construction and fencing. Help conservation of soil and prevent further deterioration of soil fertility. Inculcate tree consciousness and love of trees amongst the people. Popularize the planting and tending of trees in farms, villages, municipal and public lands for their aesthetic, economic and protective needs. Vanamahotsava is the festival of life. It was started in India, as a campaign to save mother earth The name Vanamahotsava (the festival of trees) originated in July 1947 after a successful tree-planting drive was undertaken in Delhi, in which national leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Rajendra Prasad and Abdul Kalam Azad participated. The week was simultaneously celebrated in a number of states. Since then, lakhs of saplings of different species were planted with active involvement of agencies like the forest department.
The concept of this great festival for the nature lovers was first initiated by (Late) K.M. Munshi, the then Union Minister for Food & Agriculture in the year 1950. It was the vision and wisdom of this great leader that the issue of environmental degradation, unless timely action is taken to prevent &restore, it may go beyond human control & threaten the survival of any living organisms on this earth planet. Gujarat was the first state to implement it. However, it was only in the 1970s that greater impetus was given to the conservation of India's forests and wildlife . India was one of the first countries in the world to have introduced a social forestry programme to introduce trees in non- forested areas along road sides, canals, and railway lines People celebrate vanamahotsava by planting trees in schools, offices, colleges, homes etc. Awareness programmes are also held at different levels. Novel programmes like free distribution of tress are also taken up Let's pledge to leave a legacy of a green earth to our future generations. Let's save trees. Celebrate "Van Mahotsava" with us.
Van Mahotsava is celebrated throughout the country in the first week (1st to 7th) of July every year. Every year lakhs of saplings of different tree species are planted with active involvement of government agencies like the Forest department. The first ever national awakening to the necessity of planting tree sand attempts at tree rehabilitation on a national scale, came in July 1947, with a successful tree plantation drive in Delhi. This was the first tree plantation festival of India in which national leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Abdul Kalam Azad participated along with many others. The main objective of celebrating tree plantation week was to focus people's attention on the national importance of planting trees and to make them tree-conscious. This objective was fulfilled to great extent by the first plantation drive. There was a scramble for seedlings at the nurseries and in many states the week was celebrated in a well organized manner.
In the early 50's this movement was renamed by late Shri K. M. Munshi, noted educationist and nature lover,...