It won’t be difficult for the city folks of Thiruvananthapuram to escape from urban hustle to the stillness of the wilderness in near future!
Kanakakunnu Palace premises, in the heart of the city will soon transform into a lush green paradise.
Kerala Tourism has taken the helm to make this dream project of afforestation into reality through the Miyawaki method.
Through this pioneering project, Kerala Tourism hopes to nurture 5 cents of Kanakakunnu grounds into a miniature forest with the help of Nature’s Green Guardian Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) headed by environmentalist Dr. V. K Damodaran.
The IT Solution provider of Kerala Tourism, Invis Multimedia will sponsor this innovative initiative.
The forest will give prominence to herbal plants. In the first week of December, around 800 to 1,000 indigenous medicinal trees and plant saplings of around 150 species will be planted. In a short span of planting the sapling, it will soon turn into a wild beauty.
In this age of rising pollution and concrete skyscrapers, concerns for a green cover and a green lung have resulted in this initiative.
Dr. Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist and ecologist proposed the Miyawaki Method of creating forests that involves planting random trees in close quarters in small pits to enrich the land. A 10-15-year-old forest grown using this method will have the characteristics of a 150-year-old forest. Within a short span of 12 months itself you can see the initial results. Another major advantage is that forests created in this method require zero maintenance after three years and the growth rate is very high.
An urban forest inside the city will be a new experience for the people as well.