In an attempt torestore rare and endangered native species of herbs, a business process outsourcing organisation has created a herbal park at a government school near Tambaram. Williams Lea India, in association with Mudichur Panchayat laid the park at St. Thomas Mount Panchayat Union Middle School at Indira Nagar in Mudichur Village Panchayat.
Venkatesh Viswanathan, Chief Financial Officer, Williams Lea India, said they were focussing on empowering students on key ecological issues and projects on restoration of natural resources and the creation of the herbal park in the government middle school was part of this objective. They had planned to create four more similar parks in government schools in and around Tambaram. A function was held at the school on September 14.
These parks will house rare Indian herbs and will steadily evolve into a butterfly park and bird feeder area within the school premises. The Panchayat administration and William Lea had agreed to bring in education and conservation for holistic development of students. Williams Lea will be the prime sponsor for this initiative and EFI (Environmentalist Foundation of India) will execute and maintain the parks at the schools.
List of the herbs include: Adathoda, Karpooravalli, Karisilangani, Keezhanelli, Manathakkali, Vasambu, Adhimadhuram, Tulasi, Viboothipachchai, Alamanda, Madhanolsavam, Ponnangani, Vallarai, Sirianangai. P.Damodaran, president of the panchayat and volunteers from EFI were present on the occasion.