Mangaluru, June 29, 2015: As per reports, Forest Department is setting up a special tree park near Tannirbhavi beach to bond children with nature. It is expected to open next month.
Chief Conservator of Forests (Mangalore Circle) said that leisure time may be spent here along with family to know and feel nature. The park is organised on about 60 acres of forest land near Yojaka Shipyard. A walk around the paths gives information about biodiversity of the area and wider.
The entry fee may be Rs. 10 each. A tree like structure and sculptures of children around it at the entrance symbolises the future of environment protection is with the younger generation. Visitors will then pass along Casuarina trees that are several years old, the department too has planted trees such as ‘honne’ and almond. People can also find species of jackfruit, ‘hebbalasu’, ‘punarpuli’ and bamboo found in the Western Ghats. A garden with medicinal plants is also prepared with herbal plants and shrubs. Boards give information about the vegetation.
A model tribal settlement is also erected. An information centre has been built where signage provides information. It will also have information about the marine biology, biodiversity and facts related to the marine ecosystem. A children’s park, canteen and volleyball play area are provided.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests said the park was part of a scheme meant to make the department people friendly. This park has been developed at a cost of Rs. 1.65 crore of which Rs. 70 lakh was spent on fencing the area.