A 20-cent plot in Ashramam Maidanam in Kollam is now richer with more than 3,200 plants. And soon, the place will turn into a micro forest. The Japanese-model Miyawaki forest, set up on the grounds, has been created by the Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC).
Mr. M. Mukesh, MLA, inaugurated the Miyawaki forest project on June 5, marking the World Environment Day. The micro forest was developed by K-DISC in association with the District Tourism Promotion Council and is being implemented by Nature’s Green Guardian Foundation (NGGfn), Culture Shoppe and Invis Multimedia.
With over 165 species of plants including medicinal varieties, the 20-cent fallow plot has now turned into a green haven. Earlier a similar micro forest was set up by Kerala Tourism at Kanakakkunnu Palace grounds in Thiruvananthapuram. The micro forest which was set up in January 2019 in a five-cent plot has turned into a lush green space within a year, and has already started showing the typical characteristics of a forest.