Tree lovers of Pune greeted the new year by celebrating 'Tree Carnival 2011' on the first 3 days of January 2011. The event included 'Poet-tree', an audio-visual recital of famous poems on trees, 'Artist-tree' an exhibition of paintings and crafts on trees and an unique competition 'Tree-sure Hunt' of locating and identifying 100 rare roadside trees of Pune.
In the Tree-sure Hunt competition the participants were given a list of 100 rare trees of Pune with a clue on their location .A trail through the city was designed to cover all the 100 trees from 9 am to 6 pm on a single day (2 nd Jan 2011). These trees had to be located, identified and photographed for proof of visit. A team of 2 was allowed to use vehicle, books and on-line help for ID. The competitors included 52 amateur tree lovers, 16 garden supervisors of Pune Municipal Corporation and 2 Forest officers.
The team that secured the first prize of Rs. 10,000 scored 76 points ( correctly identified and photographed trees) out of 100.
The second position went to the team that included ITP member Mr. Ajinkya Gadve with just 1 point short of 1 st place. The event was greatly enjoyed by participants and judges equally.
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