The Greater Chennai Corporation inaugurated a new Miyawaki forest near the Secretariat in the city. This is part of the civic body’s initiative to set up 1,000 urban forests across the city. The Miyawaki forest has been developed by the Inner Wheel Club of Madras, out of barren land spread across 3,000 square feet.

What

  1. The first Miywaki forest was planted at Canal Bank Road in Zone 13 (Adyar) covering an area of 2211.87 sq.m.
  2. The Miyawaki method has revolutionised the concept of urban afforestation by turning backyards into mini-forests.
  3. Regardless of soil and climatic conditions it has helped create more than 3,000 forests all over the world.
  4. It creates a dense forest in just 20 to 30 years, while through conventional methods it takes anywhere between 200 to 300 years.
  5. Forests grow 10 times faster and 30 times denser.
  6. The saplings become self-sustainable after the first three years.