The 10,000 tree project by Dilmah t-Lounge
February 7th, 2017
Chatham Street, Arcade Independence Square, Negombo Beach
Dilmah t-Lounge partnered with Dilmah Conservation in its environmental interventions with an undertaking to plant 10,000 trees in Dilmah tea estates around the country to coincide with the official inauguration of the One Earth Urban Arboretum by the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena on February 7th 2017.
The One Earth Urban Arboretum, located at the MJF Centre for Dignified and Sustainable Empowerment in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka’s first Urban Arboretum. It is an urban biodiversity experience that is designed to present the aesthetic, functional and psychological value of nature in an engaging and educational facility. The unique space in Moratuwa, features the natural beauty and benefits in Nature, as a means of expressing the importance of respectful co-existence amongst humankind and nature. The One Earth Arboretum is established by Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando for the benefit of present and future generations, in fulfilment of his pledge to make his business a matter of human service, by promoting the study and appreciation of Nature and a more enlightened attitude towards forests and nature.
Nature renders benefits that are vital for the existence of humankind and whilst critical to our existence, these ecosystem services are invariably taken for granted and as a result often irrevocably overexploited for commercial gain. They include recycling of nutrients, formation of soil for food production, water purification, flood prevention. Other services including production of water, genetic resources for medicines, food, minerals, energy and regulating services such as water and air purification, carbon sequestration, climate regulation. Cultural services include recreation, therapy, and knowledge amongst others.
The One Earth Arboretum features over 500 floral species in two ecosystems featuring traditional tank centric agriculture, rain fed chena cultivation, and Sri Lanka agricultural heritage in paddy cultivation. It will explain the nutritional, medicinal, aesthetic, life supporting and other benefits in each of the species whilst showing also how traditional Sri Lankan lifestyles evolved in respectful and mutually beneficial way.