Munnar, a renowned hill station in Kerala, is blessed with many natural forests. However, as time passes, it’s forest cover has been on the decline. So as a preventative measure, Culture Shoppe, an eco-friendly heritage handicraft shop, collaborated with our team to create a micro-forest at Shanthanpara near Munnar.
The story behind Shanthanpara Forest
Data released by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), reveals that Kerala lost about 9,06, 440 hectares of forest land from 1973 till December 2016. Munnar bore much of the brunt of the same. Newer tea and spice plantations have replaced the natural green canopy that this destination was famous for. While vegetation is positive, it can never truly replace the indigenous forest cover of an area. These factors and statistics encouraged us to create a micro-forest in this plantation property of Culture Shoppe.
Where it is?
The plot is in Shanthanpara, 39 km away from Munnar, on the Munnar – Kumily (Thekkady – Periyar) Road. Google Map:
Why the 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
Type of Terrain: This massive forest spans over 2200 sq. ft and lies amidst a cardamom plantation.
Implementation Challenges and Maintenance
Type of plants
Over 700 plants that belong to 200 species have been carefully planted here. These include Nelli, Puli, Kudampuli, Champakam, Ashokam, Elanji, Nagaligam, Elavu, Neermaruthu, Mavu, Plavu, Peral, Vazhana, Poovarash, Koovalam, Nanku, Poovanam etc.