Tree Plantation Frequently Asked Questions

Any successful operation requires planning and strategic execution. Nelda is no exception. Nelda’s tree plantation, maintenance, and donation activities are highly systematic and we follow certain protocols to ensure everything goes smooth.

This page lists answers to the common questions we get asked about Nelda. If you have any questions not answered here, please feel free to get in touch with us for more info!


Up to 70% amount from all sapling donations is used to purchase and plant professionally nurtured saplings. Rest goes towards maintaining the saplings for a year. If it’s a general donation, the amount is used not just for the plantation but also for our other activities.

Yes. Nelda is registered as a not-for-profit section 8 company under the Indian Companies Act. Along with this, Nelda has also completed its 12A registration and 80G registration which helps individuals and businesses with financial compliance when they donate to Nelda Foundation.

Yes, you can. Under the In-Kind donations, you can donate any materials/equipment we need. Just get in touch with us to discuss the same.

You’re welcome to inspect our work or books of accounts at our NGO office if you’d like. Everything Nelda does is 100% transparent and open for anyone to inspect.

If you’d like to donate under a CSR activity, please get in touch with us to explore the process. For any other general donations, you can use our online donations page and follow the simple donation process.

Yes you can. Nelda has been running CSR projects for many years and we’d love to discuss your project. Please get in touch with us to explore the process.

If you are planning to donate a sapling, the minimum amount is Rs. 500/-. If you wish to donate tools or/and other materials, you can purchase them directly and provide us the same.

Yes, we do. Tree plantations are generally done only during the monsoon season, but our maintenance and awareness activities run year round.

Yes, absolutely. People in the same boat should help each other.

You don’t need to do anything once you complete your donation. As soon as we receive your donation, we start planning the plantation drive. We will then plant the saplings whenever the next drive is and you can always get in touch with us to request updates about the same.


Yes, of course you can. We have regular tree plantation activities that we conduct every Sunday at 8 AM on Hanuman Tekdi, S.B. Road, Pune. Please follow us on Facebook to stay updated with our activities: https://www.facebook.com/projectNelda

All you need to do is physically join us at the activity location, that’s all! If you’re not sure about the process of volunteering or how you can join us, please call us to get started. 

Yes, we do. Please check out our careers page to know more.

Yes. We provide a digital certificate on request to our volunteers.

Sorry, but we can only provide a digital copy. If you wish, you can print that certificate yourself. It would hold the same value.

You can make a monetary donation or contribute to Nelda by being a part of our administrative team. You can also go one step further and promote Nelda online to inspire others to attend our tree plantation drives regularly. You can also consider having your own tree plantation events at your place with the guidance from Nelda.

That’s easy! All you have to do is physically join our events. Information about the same can be found on our website. There’s no registration or application process. However, if you wish to become a member of the core Nelda team, you can get in touch with us to know more about it.

Currently, we have 100+ regular volunteers working with us.

Yes, you can. You can contact us first so we can make the appropriate preparations.

Yes, you can join Nelda for its activities anytime. Our volunteers would be more than happy to include and guide you for the same. We might learn a few things from you as well!

Tree Plantation

 Once you make your donation for the tree plantation, you can simply call or message us to know the progress.

We generally plant native Indian trees like Banyan, Peepal, Kanchan, Karanj, Neem, Mahogany, Pitravanti, and Bakul. These are most suited to our ecosystem.

In most cases, yes. We have a few options most suitable to this specific ecosystem. You can choose from them. Please get in touch to know more.

We usually plant the saplings during the monsoon season only. But in some cases, we can plant during other months as well.

We can, if you wish. But we strongly recommend plantation during monsoons only!

We have a team of volunteers who are well-versed in planting. The process includes scouting the site and looking for a suitable place to dig. Once that is fixed, a minimum of 2-3 feet deep pit is dug so that the sapling can be planted and its roots can grow well. We then loosen up the soil of the sapling bag so that its roots have space to growly freely. We then cover the pit with dry leaves and mud and fill the space so that there is a small peak. This is to ensure that the roots are not surfaced easily while watering and the water stays around the plant for a long time. You visit our YouTube channel to explore videos of our plantation.

It is not really required as Nelda provides you with the tools and sapling to be planted. But you’re always welcome to bring any saplings or tools you have to use!

Yes, you can and pretty much you have to. 🙂 Nelda volunteers will be there to guide you, and you can plant them by yourself when you join any of our plantation drives.

Yes. We can provide you guidance and even saplings in most cases. Please get in touch with us to learn more.

Yes, we can plant them on your behalf. We will mostly plant them at our plantation sites, but in some cases, we can come to your place and plant them for you.

Project Location

Hanuman Tekdi is located on S.B. Road, Pune. The landmark to be used is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum. It’s besides the Symbiosis College gate. Google Maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/oq1zbUmrawWSf9XZ6

As Hanuman Tekdi is mostly free from human influence and is located right in the heart of the city, it makes the perfect spot to build an urban forest. It is also one of the sites protected by the Forest Department of Pune. It also has water tanks built, thanks to the earlier generations. All these reasons led us to select Hanuman Tekdi as our project site.

Yes. We have received the necessary permissions from the Forest Department of Pune to plant and conduct tree plantation and tree maintenance drives on Hanuman Tekdi.

The base of Hanuman Tekdi is situated on S.B. Road Pune. You can come by road via public or private transport. Once you reach at the base, Nelda volunteers will guide you with the path.

Currently, we are focusing only on Hanuman Tekdi. But we have friends working on tree plantation activities throughout Pune. Please get in touch with us for info on events happenings in your locality.

About Nelda

Project Nelda was launched in the year 2016 with a plan to help increase the green cover of Pune and help maintain the balance of urban ecosystems. Nelda Foundation is a non-profit company focused on tree plantation & related environmental activities.

Nelda means ‘champion’ in the Irish language and a person who lives by alder trees. We chose this name to show that every person working for environment conservation is a champion.

We have been working continuously since June 2016. Since then, we’ve had 100s of tree plantation and maintenance events.

We are currently working at Hanuman Tekdi on S.B Road, Pune. But we occasionally also work at other places, helping other NGOs.

As Hanuman Tekdi is based in the heart of the Pune City, and is protected forest land, we chose this spot to carry out our urban forestation drives.

Yes. Based on what is most suitable for the Indian ecosystem and to be self-sustainable, we have a variety of saplings you can choose from.

With the thousands of trees that we’ve planted, our projects have deep positive impacts on the local ecosystem. From air purification and avoiding soil erosion to creating awareness in public, our projects go a long way in leaving a positive impact.

Yes. For sure! You can donate saplings for such occasions, and our volunteers will get it done! Happy birthday/anniversary in advance!

Nelda is registered as a not-for-profit section 8 company under the Indian Companies Act, 2013. We follow the most stringent laws for legal compliance.

You can also help by volunteering to help maintain the large number of plants we have planted over the past many years. Or you can also become a digital promoter of Nelda and share our content in your network to get more people connected to us.

Donation Payments

70% of the cost is used for purchasing and planting professionally nurtured saplings from a nursery. 20% of the proceeds are used for saplings maintenance for 1 year. 10% is used for administration compliance.

You can donate via NetBanking, direct bank transfer, UPI, debit cards, credit cards, cheques, and cash. Cash donations of only up to Rs. 5,000 can be accepted.

Sorry, but currently, we can only accept donations from India.

You’ll get an instant receipt from our payment gateway to your email, including the 80G information.

Yes, we do accept cheques. If you wish you make a cash donation, up to Rs. 5,000 is accepted. Please get in touch with us for more details.

NGO Office

Our office is located at Sahakar Nagar 2 in Pune. The postal address is Flat no 5, Saket Building, Ulhas Co-Op Society, Sahakar Nagar 2, Pune, Maharashtra 411009

If you simply put our location on Google Maps, you will reach us without any hassle. Location: https://g.page/projectNelda

Yes. Our administrative office is located at Sahakar Nagar 2, while our project site is at Hanuman Tekdi.

Our office is around 7.6 kilometers from our project location, that is Hanuman Tekdi. It will approximately take you 20-25 minutes to travel between our NGO office and project site.

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