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A closer look at nature

E.M. MANOJ

Students from Kozhikode and Wayand districts undertook a trek along the scenic Wayand Ghat Road.


It was a thrilling experience for us as we could feel the fog and rain clouds on top of the road....

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Trek amid nature: Learning along the way.

It was a thrilling experience for as many as 5,000 children who participated in a 12-kilometre trek on the Wayanad ghat road. The trek, organised recently, took them through thick fog and cold weather, characteristic of monsoon in Wayanad.

Wholesome experience

The nature study trek was organised jointly by the National Green Corps (NGC) and a coordination committee of environmental organisations in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.

Chairman of the National Green Cops Abraham Benhur said that the programme was aimed at promoting environmental awareness among children. ‘Students for Organic Farming, Organic Manure and Organic Pesticide' was the slogan of the trekking, he added.

The participants, belonging to different schools in the two districts, got a closer look of rain clouds, small waterfalls on the Western Ghat and the rain forests in the district of Wayanad. “It was a thrilling experience for us as we could feel the fog and rain clouds on top of the Ghat road,” said Ann Maria, a Std VIII student of the Government High school at Vythiri in Wayanad district after participating in the event.

“The trekking provided a rare opportunity for me to explore the area from Lakkidi to Adivaram and learn the biodiversity of Wayanad,” she added.

“During the trek, we removed the plastic waste on both sides of the Ghat road and sowed seeds of different flowering plants,” said Athira, another participant, representing Balussery Government High School in Kozhikode.

Besides school children, teachers, nature lovers, local administrative body members and environmental activists from the two districts also participated in the trek.

P.B. Salim, District Collector — Kozhikode district, flagged off the trek at 11 a.m. at Lakkidi, near Wayanad Gate. T. Shobheendran, coordinator of the programmes, explained the details of the trekk. V. Rtheesan, district collector — Wayanad, presided over the function. The trek concluded at Adivaram in Kozhikode at 3 p.m. that day and the organisers gave away “Nature Awareness” certificates to the participants.

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