The best time to plant a tree

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now” ~ Lao Tzu

I’ve literally undertaken to this wise Chinese proverb which obviously has a deeper philosophical meaning. I’m deeply troubled by the rampant destruction of forests world-wide and wanted to do my bit to help plant more trees. Thanks to the wonderful service provided by Grow-Trees, I was able to plant trees (to offset my carbon-footprint) sitting in the comfort of my room with the click of a mouse-button!

Grow is a web-enabled, cost effective service to individuals and companies globally to enable the planting of trees, and thereby have a significant impact on the environment in offsetting carbon emissions, improving wildlife habitats, and upgrading water catchment areas, while providing flowers, fruit, fodder and fuel to communities and all living creatures. Not to forget that it also creates low-skill jobs and employment opportunities for many poor people.

The trees are planted only on government or community land so they can benefit the maximum number of people. The tree belongs to the community which benefits from its planting.

Plant a TreePlanting a tree is as easy as these three simple steps:


Enter the number of trees to plant. The cost of planting one tree is only ₹50.


Select a purpose for planting the tree.

  1. Trees for Rural communities.
  2. Trees for forests
  3. Trees for wildlife
  4. Trees for holy environs

Select from one of the various projects being carried out in the states of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orrisa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat in India.


Enter name and email address.

e-certificateYou can choose from any one of the following options to receive an e-certificate:

GIFT : Gift the trees by sending out personalized e-certificates

OFFSET : Offset your carbon footprint and receive a carbon offset e-certificate

MEMORIAL : Plant trees in memory of a deceased and send an e-certificate

Gift a TreePayment Process:

The payment process is very simple through a secured site. The following payment options are available:

  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • Net Banking
  • Cash Cards
  • Mobile Payment (State Bank of India/Paymate)


What better way to honour someone or celebrate an occasion than by gifting a tree? A living and breathing gift that lives for several decades and significantly benefits the planet. Trees are inspirational, unique gifts conveying hope, generosity and growth.

  • BIRTHDAYGift trees equivalent to your loved one’s age. Mark your own birth each year.
  • WEDDINGGift trees as blessings – Mark a union by creating a union with the planet.
  • ANNIVERSARYMark milestones by building bonds with the Earth.
  • MEMORIALHonour the deceased, set up a sustaining gift.
  • FESTIVALGreet with trees on special occasions.
  • ACHIEVEMENTConvey pride, celebrate milestones, honour achievement.
  • GRATITUDESay thank-you with trees – to teachers, doctors, parents and mentors.

As of this writing, 2,47,468 trees have already been planted. I urge you to do your bit to help plant more trees and send this wonderful gift to your loved ones for a better tomorrow. An inspiration for others to do the same.

3 thoughts on “The best time to plant a tree

  1. This sounds like a great initiative! I’ve always wanted to plant greens around town but don’t have the time or the legal ressources to do it. I’m wondering, however, after paying to plant a tree, what evidence of the planting do they provide their clients? In other words, how do I know my money is going towards planting trees?

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