We planted hundreds of trees in the parikrama, the ten kilometer pilgrim path that encircles Vrindavan. All the trees are now fully grown and benefitting the public at large with its shades. In focusing on Parikrama, FoV involved the pilgrims who walk on the path as well as the people in the ashrams and temples living in its route.
Later we expanded our tree plantation initiative in the city of Vrindavan and in the neighborhood villages. Not only we planted the trees, but we fought legal battles to protect the trees from being cut on the parikrama marg and two main approach roads to Vrindavan.
We have also undertaken the restoration works of the Sacred Groves and water bodies. Alongside this practical work, educating the people was made a priority, and the project began to develop new approaches to environmental education in the schools of Vrindavan.
After 25 years of Dham Seva, FoV has grown into a community enterprise, and enviro – regeneration and care based initiative, in tune with the spiritual values and the cultural tradition of Vrindavan. Our work has been recognized by the Municipal Corporation
of Mathura – Vrindava, Uttar Pradesh Forestry Department, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and several other departments at the District level. The general Brajwasi community and the people
associated with the temples always appreciated the services of
‘Friends of Vrindavan’.