Our hills are well known for the medicinal plants used in Ayurvedic remedies. A steady supply to pharmacies in urban centres coupled with increasing ignorance of, and apathy to, traditional ways of living, is fast taking its toll and several of these plants are rapidly becoming endangered. In order to preserve this rich heritage we have set aside six acres of land on campus, fenced it off and fitted it with a well. With the help and expertise of a trained Ayurvedic doctor over 400 varieties have been identified and planted.
Mini versions of the herb gardens are being extended into Satellite and Government Schools. A model herbal garden was planted on land adjacent to a Government School.
Local village people and children in schools are learning to identify herbs and their uses so that they are able to take care of their own basic health requirements. Indirectly, the programmes will revive older traditions in an area well known for its traditional medicinal herbs.
aims of the Herbal Garden are:
- To preserve, propagate and protect indigenous species of flora. Fifty neglected, rare plants that are almost on the verge of extinction have been collected and replanted in the herb garden.
- To extend medicinal plant gardens in adjacent areas, such as, schools, village commons and household gardens.
- To encourage cultivation on village lands of indigenous medicinal plants such as Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and which have a market value but will not impoverish the resources of the land.
- To collect plants non-native plants from other parts of India. Approximately a 100 such plants have been flourishing in the nurturing atmosphere of the herb garden. Mention needs to be made of the Himalayan Iris which enthralled everyone by flowering in South India.
- To create a bank of heirloom seeds as a way of preserving bio-diversity. Currently over 80 varieties of such seeds are available with us.
We were privileged to be associated with setting up of an
'All Religion Herb Garden' (Spiritual Garden), for the
President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
We were privileged to be associated with setting up of an ' All Religion Herb Garden' ( Spiritual Garden), for the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
Student involvement : A programme involving middle school children of the main school is also in place. It seeks to foster interaction of these children with neighbouring rural children on issues of ecology, health and hygiene. All these children have been involved in plantation programmes, litter and plastic collection, preventive medicines and primary health care.