Parks using the lockdown for renovations

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute


The temperature dips inside the dense expanse of greenery inside the 300-acre Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute (JNTBGRI) at Thiruvananthapuram. The murmur of the Chittar River is rarely distant inside the backyard, which is exclusive in Asia for its variety of conservatories and huge assortment of practically 50,000 vegetation consisting of uncommon ferns, cacti, timber, vegetation with medicinal properties and orchids.

“We have both in situ conservatories and ex situ conservation in the natural forests that are part of the garden,” says Dr R Prakashkumar, Director, JNTBGRI.

“Genetic resources are mixed with the natural flora. That is the beauty of it. For instance, we have collected rare endemic trees of India and we plant those in the verdant forests in the garden. We have a separate conservatory for orchids. During the lockdown, we have put an automated misting system for the ferns. Since there are no visitors, we were able to undertake maintenance as well as research. We were able to identify certain anti-viral properties in a plant that seem to work in the case of chikungunya and dengue. The Central Government’s nod is awaited for further research.”

Prakashkumar provides typical and non-conventional propagation of fruiting timber and vegetation have additionally been happening. A plan to offer good orchid planting materials to horticulturalists, practice them and assist them earn an earnings has additionally been labored on.

Saraswathy Nagarajan

Eco Park


A inexperienced lung for the temple city, Madurai Corporation’s Ecological Park has been free from its 1,500 each day guests for the final one month. Established in 1999, over 5 acres, the Eco Park was expanded in 2004 and renovated in 2013 with illuminated optic fibre timber, strolling trails, sculptures and installations constituted of scrap and a musical fountain that spewed water as much as a peak of 110 toes. All these additions turned the Eco Park into a well-liked hangout. It additionally performed host for the annual Madurai Art Fest.

Even although the park is briefly closed, the employees is busy. The park is dwelling to 300 medicinal vegetation and over 750 forms of timber. “The flora needs to be maintained,” says S Visakan, the Corporation Commissioner. “A reduced team of workers is regularly watering, weeding and pruning the plants. Periodically, the herbal garden is defumigated.”

The concrete tank inside the park which had fallen into disuse resulting from shortage of water is being cleaned to get it boating prepared. “We intend to fill it up with rain water harvested from the Corporation office’s roof top. We are also planning to start two open air gyms and work is afoot on this right now.”

Soma Basu

Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram


Parks using the lockdown for renovations

The Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram has been silent since March 13. Over the years, the non-profit cultural belief, which capabilities out of the Changampuzha Park in Edappally, has grown to be one among the most energetic of efficiency areas in Kochi.

“Last year, we held over 480 programmes over 365 days,” says Dr C V Mohan Bose, president of the Kendram. Most of the performances are held in an open-air auditorium. “We have amplifiers and a good sound system that makes the audio visual experience a seamless one for the audience. We thought we could use the lockdown to fix leaks.” Covering an space of over one-and-a-half acres, with a wealth timber, the Park requires fixed upkeep. “Based on the Government directives, we will carry out basic maintenance works,” says Bose.

When it re-opens, the seating preparations would consider social distancing norms, says Bose. At current, the auditorium can accommodate about 600 folks. “We are yet to draw up a plan regarding our future activities. Only the performances have stopped, we are continuing our literary events, such as aksharashlokam (an entertaining poetic war of words) on social media platforms.”

Anasuya Menon

Tropical Butterfly Conservatory (TBCT),


Irrespective of the lockdown, the winged employees of Asia’s largest such facility, also referred to as the Butterfly Park, have been doing their factor. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has maintained the gardens on the 10-acre campus with a lowered employees group since lockdown.

The over-300 plant varieties listed here are divided into these conducive for nectar assortment, internet hosting and roosting. They want watering and weeding and that’s what the employees is doing. The cultivation of the Indian heliotrope, a nectar plant that’s recognized to draw no less than 12 species of butterflies has been in focus this 12 months, says D Sujatha, Tiruchi District Forest Officer. “We have segregated the conservatory gardens into 10 sections, and our field staff takes care of each zone in rotation,” she explains.

Over 50 resident species and 98 migrant forms of butterflies could also be noticed right here at any given time. So far 109 winged guests have been recorded, with the summer season months more likely to entice species like Wild Jay, Common Wanderer, Common Silverline, White Tiger and Common Leopard.

At the in-house incubation laboratory, Junior Research Fellows have been finding out the progress of the insect’s 4 levels of metamorphosis … egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (transition), and the grownup butterfly. In conserving with the Wildlife Protection Act, the lab is allowed to rear solely non-scheduled butterflies.

Nahla Nainar

IKEA junction


Parks using the lockdown for renovations

Two thousand sq. meters of land close to Hyderabad’s IKEA triangular junction in the IT hall has come alive due to Hyderabad Metropolitan Authority Development’s (HMDA) efforts. HMDA has spent the lockdown to beautifying the space. A teddy bear household made from corton metal, two 800-year-old olive timber, bollards, carved pure stone sculptures and a manicured garden are a part of the facelift.

Ramdev Rao, managing director of Unique Trees that conceptualised the design, says, “We wanted a new look —one that would improve city’s aesthetic value.” He claims it’s the first time in India that these corten metal sculptures are being put in. The metal seems to be rusted however won’t get broken for 100 years, he provides. Also arising at the different aspect of triangular park is a Cat Circle with giant-size Corten metal cats.

The lockdown has helped this undertaking in surprising methods. Moving their stuff was simple throughout the lockdown interval and round 40 labourers (following social distancing guidelines) labored on it. The undertaking price got here down too due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramdev hopes, “Once the lockdown lifts, Hyderabadis will come here with their families, relax and take selfies!”

Neeraja Murthy

Lalbagh, Cubbon Park


Parks using the lockdown for renovations

Lockdown has come as a blessing to the 240 acres of timber at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The State Horticuture Department officers have taken the alternative to provide the timber a well being examine up. Dr. M Jagadeesh, Joint Director, Parks & Gardens, Lalbagh, Department of Horticulture says, “We have a tree surgery squad made up of senior department officials, tree researchers and scientists. Senior scientist, tree expert and author Dr AN Yellappa Reddy, former Administrator of Forests; and senior horticulturist SV Hittalmani are on our panel of advisors. Our attention will be to make the trees look fuller and healthier and have them grounded safely,” says Jagadeesh. “We want to document the health of the trees and their growth pattern. A project like this requires this kind of time,” he provides.

The most weak timber are on the periphery of the backyard going through the highway and they are going to be eliminated. Some of the sickly ones inside too will likely be minimize. The timber which might be attacked by fungus will both have the affected branches minimize or handled with an anti-fungal answer. Some timber will likely be pruned for security. Explaining this, Reddy says, “In a forest, the withered branches break and fall and become a home or source of food for a million species. In a controlled man-made eco-system, however, it is dangerous and can harm people.”

The 198-acre Cubbon Park created in 1870 in the metropolis’s CBD can be using the lockdown to examine the well being of its timber. “We are looking at maintenance and have already taken permission for it,” says Kusuma G, Deputy Director, Horticulture, Cubbon Park. “Twenty-five gardeners are pruning and re-planting trees.”

Of the 150 Polyalthia Longifolia or Indian Ashoka timber, 13 timber close to the Queen Victoria statue had been eliminated as they had been fully dry. “We have replaced them with the same saplings. At other places, these trees were pruned to make them healthier.”

The Cubbon Park garden area close to Hudson Circle can be getting a make-over. “We have replanted the lawn, shrubs and bushes. The recent rains have made it the ideal time to replant.”

Kusuma says the park has about 8000 vegetation and timber. “We have nearly 25 silver oak trees that are 150-year-old. They were the first oaks introduced to Bangalore from Australia. Other trees include mango, jackfruit, cherry fruit, Java fig, passion fruit, Artocarpus from South-east Asian and Pacific regions belonging to the mulberry family, cassia fistula and Ficus. The exotics include mahogany, chestnut, gulmohar, neelgiri, jacaranda and millettia. Shrubs such as bougainvillea and climbers such as red jade vine are popular for their texture and shades.”

Ranjani Govind

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