Replantation/Transplantation of Uprooted 'Heritage' Tree

Replantation/Transplantation of Uprooted 'Heritage' Tree

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Debarun Chakraborty started this petition to The Honorable District Magistrate of Cooch Behar district


The Hon. District Magistrate, 
Cooch Behar District, 
Cooch Behar.

 Date: 3rd July, 2021

Sub: Appeal for saving the Heritage Talli Tree.


We would like to draw your kind attention towards the centenarian Heritage tree which was uprooted on the Eastern side of Chilarai Barracks, Nara Narayan Road, Cooch Behar, West Bengal.

It is our earnest request to your kind self if you would take immediate steps for replantation/Transplantation of this 'Heritage' tree. For the act of kindness we shall ever pray.

Thanking you, 

Yours' faithfully, 

'Save the Heritage Talli Tree' petition initiated by Cooch Behar Archive. 

Re: The rough steps involved in replantation of large trees and the importance of these trees have been respectively annexed below for your kind perusal.

Steps for Replantation: Firstly, we need to prune the accessory branches to render the trunk lighter. It is then necessary to hoist over carefully with the Hydra while the JCB scoops out the mud to dig a pit (atleast 4 feet deeper than the previous level). Vermicompost must be added to the pit and the roots are to be quoted with fungicides like SAAF/Blytox. Once the tree is replanted the gardeners/labours pack the roots properly with soil so that the water does not seep in. The cut portion of the trunk is then again coated with a paste of SAAF/Blytox to prevent water seepage. The trees would be monitored regularly by volunteers to keep a track of the growth.


Importance: These trees(marked as Nos- 116-119) , of which the one under discussion forms a part are the members of the only 'Heritage Avenue' left in Cooch Behar. They are commonly known as the Rain tree in English, called 'Talli' in North and 'Khirish' at South Bengal (Albizia saman, Family: Fabaceae) respectively. Rain trees were once abundantly found throughout this region and were being planted in the erstwhile State of Cooch Behar as Avenue trees atleast from the second half of nineteenth century. They comprise of a calming umbrageous nature and prepend beauty to the Royal roads of Cooch Behar.

Once they were often found with their mighty trunks standing high on the Cooch Behar town and its periphery. But, in the past two decades their number has been reduced considerably and now they are nearly extinct in the said area. Some of them also housed (a few are still seen) the Asian openbills or Asian openbill storks (Anastomus oscitans, Family: Ciconiidae), commonly known as 'Shamukkhol' in North Bengal.

Moreover, beautiful epiphytes, such as Orchids and ferns which are often found to grow on them, along with these trees contribute to the study of Botany. Hence, they form an indispensable part of the Natural and Environmental Heritage of North Bengal. 

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