The State’s largest biodiversity park equipped with multiple facilities and features will be set up over 85 acres of land allotted to the Horticulture department in Gudiyattam taluk, District Collector A Shanmuga Sundaram said.
Further, to sustain the availability of Siddha- and Ayurveda-related plant species, the park would have a herbal garden where such herbs and plants would be grown, the Collector said, adding that tree species native to the district would also be nursed.
The proposed park will also raise nurseries for coconut and paddy in addition to lime, mango, guava, chikku, pomegranate, jack fruit and kodukapuli varieties, he averred.
The highlight of the park would be taking up planting according to the star sign of individuals. Based on information, visitors can undertake planting of saplings related to their star sign and thereby increase green cover in the State, in addition to promoting local floral cover, the Collector said. The park would also have various facilities to enable visitors to have a thoroughly enjoyable experience, he added.
Besides, endangered flora would be maintained through the setting up of a germ plasm centre in the park which will also have a host of tourism-related activities.
While a toy train will enthral visitors, those wanting to visit far flung areas of the park will be taken to the location of their choice through battery-operated cars, the Collector said.
Said to be bigger than Ooty’s 55-acre botanical garden, the Collector said that a model of the park has been handed over to the Horticultural development agency and added that work is expected to start soon.