Like worlds within worlds, entire fascinating worlds of flora and fauna unravel themselves in the valley in which Dhamma Thali is enconsced. A walk across the periphery of Dhamma Thali which intermingles with the forest, is akin to a walk within, reminiscent of the joys of discovering fascinating hitherto unknown truths; and all this only a few meters away from the stone dwellings which are home to the meditators for the duration of the course.
An extensive afforestation programme has been carried out in the past two years at Dhamma Thali. 450+ saplings have been planted during this time and 389 thereof have kept their date with the July-2020 census.
In the valley where peacocks, monkeys and teeming life abounds, tree guards have been extensively used to secure the growth of these saplings. A Drip irrigation line ensures access to recycled water. For enriching the quality of soil, pits have been dug in which compost comprising of cow and goat manure, dry leaves, jute fibre, and amrit jal are beneficially mixed and matured.
The focus has been on the peepal and banyan. In traditionally dry regions, these trees help reduce the rain water run-off, increase the water level and maintain the temperature.
The afforestation programme is a long term one and it will be 5 years from now wherein the true results of these efforts will begin to show; a true testimony to Man and Nature in harmony.
A present-day List of saplings (with their botanical names) and their census is presented here: