The weekend was filled with green initiatives for residents of Kumar Pragati, Kondhwa; Konark Eureka, Wadgaon Sheri; Ganesh Navbhangan, Dhayari; Mount N Glory co-op hsg society Ltd, Kharadi; Nano Homes, Ravet; Sanskriti School, Wagholi; Ganga Galaxy, Kondhwa and Sylvan retreat Apt, Range Hills.HT PHOTOResidents of Sylvan retreat apartment, Range hills, during the tree plantation drive organised at the society by Hindustan Times, Pune edition.Tree plantation drives and meditation sessions were organised in association with the Hindustan Times, Pune edition, jointly with the Heartfulness Institute, at the above mentioned societies. The tree plantation drive at Sansrkriti School, Wagholi, saw 125 participants. Pavan Randive, owner of Guru Krupa Nursery, Hadpsar, sponsored 30 big plants for the same. AP Ghosh, chairman of Sylvan retreat Apt, said, “Meditation and yoga is the need of this era. Everyone should start practising on a regular basis at their homes. Presently, lifestyle diseases are affecting everyone, thus making youngsters prone to heart attacks. We need to bring about a change in our lifestyle and everyone should lead the way in this.”HT PHOTOChildren planting trees at Konark Eureka in Wadgaon Sheri during the plantation drive.Bharat Shendkar, chairman of Ujwal Park cooperative housing society, Kondhwa, said, “We all should learn the new way of living life. Without trees, we cannot even imagine life on our planet. Even the state government has conducted a statewide tree plantation drive on a large scale. The tree plantation drive by Hindustan Times will help make our surroundings cleaner and greener.”Residents also encouraged planting of vegetables that are used daily in the kitchen and step towards making the city green.HT PHOTOTree plantation drive at Nano Homes, Ravet, conducted recently, saw the participation of children and adults.During the programme, volunteers from Heartfulness Institute spoke about the importance of meditation and relaxation techniques used by the institute to enhance the cognitive skills in people at Konark Eureka, Ganesh Navbhangan Society, Mount N Glory co-op housing society limited and Nano Homes. HT PHOTOResidents of all age groups gathered for the tree plantation drive at Mount N Glory co-op housing society limited, Kharadi.The volunteers said that many such initiatives promoting meditation and relaxation are conducted by the institute for free. They demonstrated various practices of meditation besides speaking of skills to maintain calmness and inner peace.