A well-known water conservation activist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee have recently inaugurated the first moss garden in India in Kumaon’s Nainital district. The garden is spread across an area of 10 hectares and according to numerous reports, it took nearly 2 years to build this place. Also known as ‘The Water Man Of India’, Singh appreciated the efforts of the Uttarakhand Forest Department, saying it is a great initiative to mend relationships between man and nature in Nainital.
The primary aim while developing the first moss garden in India is to conserve the various species of moss and other bryophytes and also spread awareness among people about its significance in the environment. Providing further details on the first moss garden in India, Chief Conservator of Forest Sanjiv Chaturvedi said that the project was approved in July last year under the CAMPA (State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) scheme by the Research Advisory Committee of Uttarakhand Forest Department.
Inside The First Moss Garden In India
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The spectacular garden located in Lingadhar village, Khurpatal, Nainital District features:
- Around 30 different species of moss and various other bryophyte species.
- Interestingly, being first moss garden in India, it also features a dinosaur model displaying the existence of moss since the Jurassic era.
- It also exhibits ornaments made of a live moss.
- One can also witness a moss terrarium depicting live moss ecosystem, and nests of birds using moss for temperature regulation and antibacterial purposes.
- Poems and caricatures related to moss are also displayed in the garden.
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