Ranked as the #1
Speciality Lodge in
Satpura National Park
Forsyth’s makes every effort to tread as lightly as possible on the ecosystem while making an exciting encounter with Nature possible for the visitor. This is reflected in the care with which our buildings are constructed, and in the ways in which we manage and recycle water (check out how the lily-pond is sustained when you get there!), and in the manner in which we cast about for better alternatives to existing technology —be it quieter engines or solar-powered motors—when it comes to everyday access to the Satpura Park
This concern is equally reflected in the responsible practices we employ to aid the return of the jungle in the buffer zone. Our property uses wild fencing by and large, rather than wire fencing, to ensure the unhindered movement of species across their preferred routes.
We have also dug waterholes across the property to ensure that these species have reliably safe access to water.
We have, over several years, planted a careful distribution of indigenous trees, shrubs, and grasses in consultation with scientists and small cat experts to ensure that small mammals have adequate shelter within the lodge area.
Forsyth’s works on the principle that efforts to preserve wildlife and valuable habitats can succeed only if surrounding communities participate actively. A good part of our effort focuses on the giving back and drawing in that this requires.
We are currently exploring a system of rewards for locals who are able to reliably report wildlife activity in the buffer zone as one form of viable enlistment. We are also exploring the possibility of getting members of the local communities to run home-stays for guests on longer treks and hikes. We have women from the nearby villages coming in to cook for our guests once a week--an initiative begun to equip them with catering skills of a high standard they could put to good use in the future.
We have also done a bit to seed other forms of local entrepreneurship. We source many of our needs through local contacts. This ranges from food and supplies to taxi services between Forsyth’s and Bhopal airport as also for short, local hops.
All the support staff at Forsyth’s are locals who have been carefully trained to work to international standards. Mindful of the fact that laws protecting habitats can take away livelihoods and pitchfork people into confrontation with policies, we have partnered with the forest department in training fishermen to work the boats and canoes, and in training villagers to become trackers and, in the future, naturalists with English-speaking skills.
We support the Government School in Sarangpur village in several ways. We provide support material that is hard to source. On hearing of staffing problems at the school, our naturalists came forward to pay for a substitute teacher—an arrangement that filled the gap and got a qualified local person employment. We have also begun a Nature Club in the school where our naturalists talk to the kids about local species and get them to share our enthusiasm for wildlife. We hope to augment this effort with the children through Nature Walks, and through little trips to the Park.