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A dream comes true
Until before two years Yerrangadu, 100 km south of Chennai near the east coast, was one of the thousands of little known villages. This vast stretch of barren land with little vegetation is now the house of an arboretum.
IT IS A good example for conservation of bio diversity and for rearing hundreds of species of plants and trees little known in this area. In the US, an arboretum housing hundreds of trees and plants is a familiar picnic spot in many cities and has also evolved as a focal area for nature education and research. Dr V S Vijayan, Chairman, Salim Ali Foundation, celebrated the birth anniversary of the renowned ornithologist Salim Ali and organised a pleasant function to release the book Yerrangadu Arboretum at the hands of C V Sankar, Principal Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu.  

Munificence of C Ramakrishna...

I had the privilege of watching the evolution of this arboretum over the last three years. The Cambridgeeducated senior advocate C Ramakrishna, who has been transforming the villages
around Illeedu and Vennangupet into lush orchards, had a small arboretum of a few dozen exotic trees in Illeedu. He was deeply impressed by the much larger number of such exotic trees by another
illustrious son of that area, the centenarian Muthumalla Reddy.The exotic trees included decades old mahogany,redwood...

Ramakrishna deeply involved in the social amelioration of the area, was keen to develop a unique farm with exotic trees and to leave this for posterity. He had earlier donated land for the National Agro Foundation’s training centre, Dr M V Mohan’s Rural Centre for Diabetics and has been funding the government higher secondary school at Vennangupet. His recent desire is to set up a sophisticated skin clinic at Illeedu.  

Meticulous planning by Geethakrishnan

K P Geethakrishnan, former Finance Secretary and former Executive Director-IMF, who has been closely associated with the Salim Ali Foundation, joined hands with CR to work on this dream project. He involved Vijayan and his wife Lalitha in planning the arboretum. His four-decade old service as a civil servant and his fascination for statistics and yen for details.  

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