Tree of the Year Nepal, 2020
This tree of 'Sami' (Ficus Benjamina) is standing tall in the serene plains of Joginiya, Saptari for many decades. Among various species trees present in this area, only this tree was saved from cutting down. It has religious significance in the Hindu community. This cultural belief has proved a boon for the environment of that area since the flood of 2008.
The Koshi river dam erupted and the whole of this area was flooded making land unfertile. This area was deserted into a scary piece of barren land. Roots of old but strong Sami Tree, after years of water holding and soil regeneration process, produced a wet and fertile piece of land here letting families feed by farming crops. Furthermore, this tree has been able to minimize the effects of water as well as air pollution in this area induced by human activities.
In a nutshell, this Sami tree has acted as a perfect cleanser for nature against different forms of adversities maintaining proper balance in the ecosystem of that place.