'My trees are my children'

Salumarada Thimmakka, the woman who along with her husband single-handedly nurtured hundreds of trees by the road in Tumkur, was overcome with emotion as she narrated her tale.

Inaugurating “Eco Club” of Panchagiri High School in Chikkaballapur she, “After being married for 25 years, I did not bear any children and became an object of relentless mockery among the people of my neighbourhood. My husband and I started planting saplings one after another not bothering about what people said. Today the saplings have become giant trees. These alone are my children.”

Thimmakka said that her husband passed away 20 years ago and today I am recognised because of the trees we planted.  She called upon the children to plant saplings and nurture them as we are here because of trees. The more the greenery, the more happiness it brings us, she added.Forest Conservator Rajashekhar, who spoke on the occasion, said that calamity awaits those places which does not pay heed to environment protection. In the next 15 years as many as 136 countries will face scarcity of water.

Scientists who are engaged in the study of environment have warned about the water crisis, he added.

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