At the Hyderabad Collective, we are getting ready for the monsoon planting with the creation of a sapling bank of 15-20,000 saplings. This planting will focus now on riparian zones (i.e. the interface between land and a water body e.g. a river or stream). Primary types being planted would be pioneers like Banyan and Peepal, soil builders and nitrogen fixers like Moringa and Gliricidia and watershed plants like Pongamia and Vetiver among others.
As the design process for Housing Clusters 3 and 4 is being completed, the water plan for the place is also in progress. We are targeting to complete 3 primary stream beds before monsoon. The water plan is a mix of gully plugs, swales, earth bunds, check dams, de-silting of channels and more. At each point, we are focussing on our goal i.e. improving water or soil harvesting and designing accordingly.
By the end of December, we are expecting the visual feel of the place to be vastly different.