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Saalumarada Thimmakka – the Mother of Trees

Saalumarada Thimmakka is an Indian environmentalist who hails from the South Indian state of Karnataka. She is a visionary person whose success lies in her work and she is credited with the achievement of planting more than 385 banyan trees at a stretch between the highway of 4 km in length, located in between Hulikal and Kudur. Saalumarada has also planted more than 8000 trees and is an environmentalist, a visionary for a sustainable future and pre-dominantly, the mother of 8000+ plants. She treats her tress like her own children and with the help of her husband made this possible. She is also known as Aalada Marada Timmakka.

Her life was quite a simple one. She was like every other common woman. She worked as a labourer in a quarry. in terms of education, she is not a formally educated woman. Her work is widely respected and recognized by every rational citizen. She has been conferred with Padma Shri in the year 2019 by the Government of India. She has also received National Citizens Award for her work.

The couple were happily married but did not have their issue. This somehow created a vacuum in their heart. She then decided to create a sustainable future for the children of the next generation. She started planting trees along the roadside to convert the barren lands into a lush green area that evoked nature’s assets. The couple nourished the trees they planted like their own children. The journey was not as easy it seems.

The couple had to protect the saplings from cattle. They had to carry big buckets of water daily to nearly 4 km distance to water the plants. Gradually they found their solace in planting more and more trees and dd up to the conservation cycle. The Central University of Karnataka has expressed its respect for the ‘Mother of Trees’ by offering a doctorate program in its name. also, an environmental organization in the United States has been developed on her name.

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