Miyawaki forest at Kanakakkunnu Palace
The State of Kerala has its first Miyawaki model urban forest in the capital city at Kanakakkunnu. This multi-layered forest with trees, bushes, and creepers; spread over five cents is exactly located near Sooryakanthi Auditorium on the Palace premises.
Why Miyawaki Method?
The Miyawaki Afforestation techniques follow under the guidance of the legendary environmentalist, Prof. (Dr) Akira Miyawaki. His plan basically outlines how an individual or group can set up a micro-forest in the middle of any thriving metropolis. He discovered the importance of using indigenous plants for the same, and hence accelerated the time it takes to for an entire ecosystem to come up from 100 years to a mere decade. With space in urban settings shrinking at an alarming rate and forest cover on the decline, his approach ensures that the landscape and space issues never stop us in the process of combating climate change.
Where it is?
This site is located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city, with 5 cents of land being used inside the boundaries of the beautiful Kanakakkunnu Palace ( PMG – Vellayambalam road). It is situated between Sooryakanthi Auditorium and Agro-horticultural society.
Advantage of Miyawaki
The advantages of the Miyawaki method are 10 times fast growth rate and 30 times higher density and it will help to a greater quantity of carbon dioxide to be absorbed. The biodiversity within the forests would be 100 times higher.
Type of plants
Around 500 indigenous wild trees, medicinal trees and plant saplings are planted at Kanakakkunnu. This wild forest has plant species like banyan trees, fig, ashoka, koovalam (wood apple), palakappayyaani malaveppu elanji (west Indian medlar), kanjiram (Nux vomica), karingali (cutch), nenmeni vaka (east Indian Walnut) poovarashu or sheelanthi (portia tree), punna (alexandrian laurel), chamatha or plashu (flame of the forest), kadukkai (harithaki), marotti (chaulmoogra), nelli (gooseberry), veppu (neem) and many more.