Bay Leaf Tree Saplings Plantation and Distribution
District Forest Office (DFO), Gorkha and Environment and Child Concern Organization-Nepal (ECO-Nepal) jointly coordination for the plantation of trees (Tej Pat, Lakuri, Bakaino, Siris Chanp etc.) for environment conservation and livelihood promotion in Gorkha districts. DFO, Gorkha provided about 4000 plants to ECO-Nepal free of cost and ECO-Nepal took all the responsibilities of logistics and distributions of these 4000 plants in 6 different VDC’s namely: Ghyalchowk, Bhumlichowk, Dhawa, Baguwa, Makaising, and Tanglichowk.
‘Cinnamomum Tamala’ is the scientific name for bay leaves which is locally known as Tej Patta. It can grow up to 20 m (66 ft) tall and has aromatic leaves which are used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Both the leaves and bark of this plant is used as spices while cooking. Leaves are called Teej patta while the bark is called Daalchini. The leaves and bark have good value in market. They can act as a source of livelihood once they grow up and are mature enough.
The plantation program is a multi beneficial program leading to environment preservation and livelihood promotion. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) too can be regarded as another approach of the program as plantation of samplings in sloppy and barren lands an prevent landslides in long run.
Psychosocial support has been provided to vunerable people in the project VDCs of Gorkha District .