In one kind project, India’s first-ever moss garden is now ready. The moss garden, inaugurated near the Nainital district in Kumaon (Uttarakhand) spans across an area of 10 hectares and adds to the kitty of Uttarakhand’s tourist sites.
The moss garden is a part of the government’s CAMPA (State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) Scheme and was inaugurated by water conservation activist Rajendra Singh.
The project is also famously called the ‘Water Man of India’. It took over two years, for the authorities, to complete the same.
The whole idea to come up with the garden was to not only conserve moss but also to make people aware of their significance in the environment.
In total, Singh claims that the garden is home to as many as 30 species of moss and bryophytes. The garden also has two moss namely – brachythecium buchananii and hyophila involuta – that feature in the International Union for the conversation of Nature’s red list.
The garden also has a dinosaur sculpture covered with moss, moss nest, ornaments made of live moss, poems on moss and much more.