If he was the average non-resident Keralite, P. Abdul Kareem would perhaps have been keeping accounts at a firm in the Gulf. Instead, he is today at the forefront of a forestation programme he started in Kerala’s northern district of Kasargod. Kareem has created a mini forest on what once was a barren, laterite hillside.
Drive down to Puliyamkulam village, 30 km on the NH7 between Kasargod and Payyannur, and you pass Kareem’s forest park. It is home to 300 varieties of trees, herbs, shrubs, creepers and rare fruits. It all started way back in 1977.