Place
Munakkal Beach, Azhikode, Thrissur

Area
810 sq m

No. of Plants
3215

Planted On
15-05-2020

Type of Land
Drainage Basin

Type of Forest
Wild Forests


This is one of the ten Miyawaki forest projects executed by us in Kerala, under the aegis of Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC), a state government initiative that encourages new experiments.

The trees that we planted were burflower, watery rose apple, Indian bael, False Ashoka, Indian rosewood, mango, Spanish cherry, Malabar tamarind, guava, almond, gooseberry, bilimbi, thingam, curry leaf, red lucky seed, golden shower, soursop, Pala indigo, cannonball, wild cinnamon, mahua, bastard myrobalan, flame-of-the-forest, Indian mulberry, pink bahunia, red sandal, Malabar kino, sage-leaved alangium, wild jack, pong pong, willow-leaved water croton, pongamia, hypnocarpus oil, jack, fishtail palm, and mastwood, among others.

Challenge
The challenge that the Miyawaki forest at Munakkal beach had to face was both serious and unexpected.  It had to suffer not only an episode of sea surge but stagnation of water as well.  This had an adverse effect on two species particularly – burflower and jack.  The burflower lost all its leaves, and the jack became very weak.

Lessons learnt
It was disappointing to see the burflower wilting after it had shown robust growth in the beginning.  In fact, it was one of the species that registered the maximum growth in terms of height.  Nonetheless, the unexpected crisis brought about by the stagnation of saline water in the Miyawaki forest site taught us two lessons.  

One, surround the Miyawaki forest with a belt or two of trees that can withstand sea breeze and saline water, like mastwood and portia.  They will act as a kind of shield and protect the rest.  Two, prepare the seedbed on a mound so that there is a lesser chance of water remaining there in the event of a sea surge.  As a precaution, irrigation may have to be done fairly frequently in the initial phase, but after the trees grow well, the one-foot high mound should be able to prevent sea water from stagnating on the forest floor.