City’s 3rd Miyawaki forest to come up at Sholinganallur

The bustling metropolis will gain more lung space and third urban forest as the Greater Chennai Corporation has started planting trees using the Miyawaki method in Sholinganallur.
Work in progress at Miyawaki forest in Sholinganallur
Work in progress at Miyawaki forest in Sholinganallur

Chennai

According to a civic body statement, as many as 2,800 tree saplings of various species have been planted on 15,586 sqft land located at Model School Road in Sholinganallur. Apart from trees, the civic body also planted flowering plants at the site. Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash inspected the site and planted saplings on Sunday.
The statement added that urban forests are being created across the city using Miyawaki method at vacant plots, beside the water bodies and other government lands.
Earlier, the Chennai Corporation had planted saplings using the Miyawaki method in Kotturpuram. Around 2,000 saplings of 40 species were planted on 20,724 sqft land at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Also, 762 saplings were planted on 6,000 sqft on Second Main Road in Royala Nagar.
As per Miyawaki method of developing forest, 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 are 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,” an official said.

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