Sid­dhalepa cre­ates herbal gar­den in Ananda College on World En­vi­ron­ment Day

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

A herbal gar­den took root in the premises of Ananda College Colombo 10, to mark World En­vi­ron­ment Day on June 5.

Con­tin­u­ing an is­land­wide school pro­gramme, the Herbal Gar­den Project,sid­dhalepa to­gether with the staff and stu­dents of Ananda College Pri­mary School,planted many va­ri­eties of herbal plants in their College grounds.

Present at this cer­e­mony were Pri­mary College Prin­ci­pal Saman Chan­dana Ran­deniya,pri­mary College Vice Prin­ci­pal Randika Per­era,teach­ers in charge of en­vi­ron­ment Gnanalatha Matharage, Su­mila and man­agers from the Sid­dhalepa team.

The set­ting up of a herbal gar­den in Ananda College in the heart of the city of Colombo is a con­tin­u­a­tion of Sid­dhalepa’s CSR pro­gramme herbal gar­dens which was launched in 2010 and has so far seen more than 25,000plants com­ing up in schools in all parts of the coun­try.

About 50 to 100 plants,se­lected ac­cord­ing to the cli­mate and soil of the area, are sup­plied to each school. Sid­dhalepa also do­nates all the nec­es­sary tools and uten­sils to pre­pare and main­tain these herbal gar­dens.

By distribut­ing large quan­ti­ties of ayurveda herbs for the school gar­dens,sid­dhalepa has en­cour­aged schools to plant ayurveda herbs and ed­u­cate the younger gen­er­a­tion on the value and use of ayurveda medicine. The younger gen­er­a­tion is not too fa­mil­iar with ayurveda herbs and their value and ef­fec­tive­ness in treat­ing ill­nesses. Sid­dhalepa has taken this op­por­tu­nity to tell them about the value and im­por­tance of such in­dige­nous herbs and the need to grow more herbal plants and trees in home gar­dens.

While there is a short­age of ayurveda herbs in the coun­try, this grow green cam­paign in school gar­dens would re­plen­ish dwin­dling sup­plies and make school chil­dren fa­mil­iar with these herbs while pro­mot­ing green con­ser­va­tion.

Many school chil­dren’s en­thu­si­asm about herbal gar­dens prompted them to per­suaded their par­ents to plant ayurveda herbs in their home gar­den as well, thus en­cour­ag­ing a higher than ex­pected growth of ayurveda plants in the ru­ral ar­eas where land was in abun­dance. This course of events would be hugely ad­van­ta­geous to the do­mes­tic ayurveda herb sup­ply in fu­ture years.

By pro­mot­ing the herbal gar­dens in school Sid­dhalepa is also en­cour­ag­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills in the young to in­vest time and en­ergy in plant­ing herbs which can be­ing them an in­come.

Sid­dhalepa’s man­agers pre­sent­ing a herbal plant to Ananda Pri­mary College Prin­ci­pal Saman Chan­dana to in­au­gu­rate the herbal gar­den project

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