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* Sri Lanka to establish ten new botanical gardens
Sun, Jul 27, 2014, 07:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 27, Colombo: The Director General of Department of National Botanical Gardens Dr. Cyril Wijesundara said that ten botanical gardens would be established in the island within the next two years.

Recently, the government opened the fourth botanical garden of the island after 137 years and for the first time after the independence.

The new botanical garden, Mirijjawila dry zone botanical garden, built on 300 acres of land at Mirijjawila in Hambantota district is the biggest botanical garden in Sri Lanka.

The Director General said that a botanical garden is now being developed in Avissawella in a land of 105 acres with the aim of conserving threatened wet zone flora.

An herbal botanical garden is being built in Ganewatta in Kurunegala, the official said.

The other botanical gardens will be established in Sripada, Knuckles, Horton Planes, Sinharaja, Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya and Ambagamuwa for each distinct bio diversity zones, the Director General said.

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