Blooming with health: the herb garden strengthens the spirit of schoolchildren

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A municipal school has transformed a quadrangle into a garden with the dual objective of healthy living and raising awareness of green spaces among its students.

Environmentalists say the ‘Saraswati Vana’ implemented by the National Public School, Jayanagar, will boost memory, concentration and improve the general well-being of students. The quadrilateral now has several plant species.

The concept behind Saraswati Vana is scientific. Studies have shown that exposure to certain tree species including Sita Ashoka (Saraca asoka), Punnaga (Calophyllum inophyllum), and Kadamba (Neolamarckia cadamba) results in increased neural stimulation. These species have been associated with better school performance, improved memory and concentration.

Studies over the years have also shown that people living in green spaces are less likely to suffer from migraines, anxiety, and depression.

Renowned conservationist Dr Yellappa Reddy, who designed the garden, said he suggested creating it while observing the quadrangle during a visit to the school.

The quadrangle previously contained ornamental plants that had no ecological or psychological benefit.

“Students these days struggle with so many mental health issues. I felt strongly that being among plants and trees for 10 minutes each morning would have a positive impact on their emotional and spiritual intelligence,” Dr. Reddy said. DH.

“Instead of taking up space to create lawns that require over-watering and pesticides, the BBMP should consider creating such tree-lined parks, across the city, to enhance the urban landscape,” he said. .

NPS Saraswati Vana was opened by Dr Reddy on June 7 as part of the school’s Global Environment Week celebrations. “It’s a star-shaped garden, planted with trees along the perimeter and various other healing and medicinal plants inside. We want students to enter a green space that also overlooks their classrooms said school principal Madhumati Suresh.

In June 2016, the Forest Department undertook a similar project at a public school on Tumakuru Road.

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