India's first cryptogamic garden was inaugurated by social activist Anoop Nautiyal in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It houses nearly 50 species of lichens, ferns and fungi.
These species have been grown in the garden at Deoban in Chakrata at a commanding height of 9,000 ft.
Chief Conservator of Forest (research) Sanjiv Chaturvedi said, "We chose to locate the garden, which is spread over three acres, at Deoban because of its low pollution levels and moist conditions which are conducive for the growth of these species."
Importance of Cryptogamic Garden
The Chief Conservator of Forest (Research) Sanjiv Chaturvedi further explained that the aim of opening a cryptogamic garden is to promote awareness about cryptogams and their significant role in our environment and overall ecology.
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