The bustling metropolis will soon breathe in clean air and enjoy environmental benefits of a second urban forest as the Greater Chennai Corporation has started planting saplings using the Miyawaki method in Valasaravakkam.
“Rural Industries Department Minister P Benjamin and Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash inspected the site and planted saplings on Saturday,” a Chennai Corporation statement said.
The statement added that more such urban forests would be created across the city using the Miyawaki method. These forests will reduce the impact of air pollution and the trees will help restore biodiversity in the city. The civic body plans to create forests in vacant government land, around water bodies and other areas.
Earlier, the Chennai Corporation had planted tree saplings using the Miyawaki method in Kotturpuram. Around 2,000 saplings of 40 species were planted on the 20,724 sqft land at a cost of Rs 20 lakh.
As per the Miyawaki method of developing forest, which originated in Japan, the civic body had dug the earth up to four feet to plant the trees. Wet waste, coconut coir, cow dung and others were used as fertilizers.
While creating urban forest using its own funds, the civic body had already requested corporate firms, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations to help create more urban forests in the city.
From Japan to Chennai
Miyawaki is a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests. The approach is supposed to ensure that plant growth is 10 times faster and the resulting plantation is 30 times denser than usual. It involves planting dozens of native species in the same area, and becomes maintenance-free after the first three years.