The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), India’s premier wildlife research conservation organization, conducted a Tree Walk on 21 st April at the Joseph Baptista Garden on Mazgaon Hill in South Mumbai. The event was part of BNHS’s ongoing series of Tree Walks which are conducted at iconic locations around Mumbai to promote environmental awareness and appreciation for Mumbai’s rich floral diversity.
The garden, known for its tranquil ambience and historical significance, provided an ideal setting for
this week’s BNHS Tree Walk. During the tree walk, the BNHS Members were introduced to a
fascinating array of tree species both indigenous and exotic to the region. From towering rain trees to
elegant palms and flowering beauties, each tree was a testament to the resilience of nature within
Mumbai’s bustling landscape.
The tree walk also served as a platform for discussions on the importance of urban green spaces and
the role trees play in mitigating environmental challenges such as air pollution and climate change.
BNHS Members gained valuable insights into tree identification, ecological significance, and
conservation strategies.
Mazgaon Hill, a landmark steeped in history, has been a witness to Mumbai’s transformation over
centuries. Originally known as “Mazagon”, this hill was a strategic location for the British East India
Company, offering commanding views of the harbour. The garden was later rechristened Joseph
Baptista Garden, after the prominent Goan freedom fighter. The garden’s collection of trees reflects a
blend of native species and exotic introductions, showcasing Mumbai’s botanical diversity. Trees like
the Cannonball Tree, Jackfruit, and Branching Palm are just a few that were spotted during the walk.
The tree walk was led by Dr Rajdeo Singh, Assistant Professor at St. Xavier’s College and Mr Asif
Khan, from BNHS and was attended by 12 BNHS members and students of St Xavier College.
Exploring Joseph Baptista Garden on Mazgaon Hill through this tree walk was not just a journey
through nature, but a profound exploration of Mumbai’s historical and ecological narrative. By
uncovering the stories hidden within these green spaces, we deepen our connection to our city’s
heritage and strengthen our resolve to conserve its natural treasures
.” Said Mr Kishor Rithe, Director
of BNHS.

About BNHS:
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is one of India’s oldest and most respected nature
conservation organizations. With a history spanning over a century, BNHS is committed to studying,
conservating, and educating India’s natural heritage. Through various initiatives, research projects,
and educational programs, BNHS plays a pivotal role in promoting biodiversity conservation and
environmental awareness.