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Vibrant herbal garden of Madhupur forest benefits locals

  • Published at 10:03 pm July 16th, 2019
Herbal garden Tangail
A view of the herbal garden inside Madhupur forest in Tangail Dhaka Tribune

The local forest department has 20 hectares of land exclusively set aside for herbal trees

A vibrant herbal garden still exists in Tangail's Madhupur forest, which has lots of herbal trees and other plants.

Variants of herbal plants include Gajari, Bahera, Gadila, Pitraj, Kanaidinga, Amlaki, Anaigota, and a diverse range of other such plants.

The local forest department has 20 hectares of land exclusively set aside for herbal trees in the forest's Charaljani range.

Sources at the forest department said the initiative to allocate land exclusively for herbal trees was taken in July 2003, in an effort to preserve the heritage and its production. The range was also given a name: Malbika.

It initially began on three hectares, which increased to 20 hectares over time.

The current range of herbal plants consist of Tulsi, Haritaki, Neem, Arjun, Nishinda, Mahua, Nageshwar, Bakul, Sonalu, Olive, Akand, Mehedi, Nayantara, Chapalish, Ashok, Shefali, Chalta, Gajari, Bahera, Gadila, Pitraj, Kanaidinga, Amlaki, Anaigota, Dhutra, bay leaves, and scores of fruit trees and other medicinal plants.

Not only do the plants enhance the aesthetics of the forest, but their medicinal use is also valued, according to locals.

They use the trees, branches, leaves and other components of the herbal trees, as all of them have specific uses.

Shah Jalal, Charaljani range officer said herbal plants are an integral part of a kabiraj’s (village doctor’s) business. The best part is that they have no side effects and can be produced without having to worry about using pesticides.

But he lamented the lack of manpower needed to supervise the herbal gardens.

Tangail forest department officer Harunur Rashid told Dhaka Tribune expansion plans for herbal gardens in Madhupur forest have been in the works for the past few years.

He also said the gardens have been growing by 5-10 hectares annually.