In defence of nature

Published: Tuesday 15 August 1995

THE men in uniform have found a n& vocation: that of taking care of the environment. The army unit stationed at Madras - in their bid to green the city - is setting up a 'zodiacal park' at the local Island Grounds.

Traditionally used as a logistical base for army material, vehicles and men, the sprawling Island Grounds spread over more than 100 acres will now be converted into a wooded park. The theme of the park centres arounc the zodiacal signs and will contain plants which relate to the signs. The underlying message to the citizens is "whatever be your particular zodiac sign, come and plant a tree associatec with it".

The army is willing to take care of the planted saplings. Work has alreact begun at the Grounds; facilities such as a jogging track amidst the trees, a pond and a sanctuary are the other planned attractions. The park will be open tc dedicated greens on the lines of a limited membership availability.

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