CONSERVATION OF SACRED TREES
The Conservation Programme of the MUSEUM OF TREES has the following objectives:

1. REPRODUCTION OF SACRED TREES BY VEGETATIVE PROPAGATION THROUGH CLONAL TECHNOLOGY

Vegetative parts of the sacred and historical trees are collected for preservation and propagation in the Mist Chamber. The vegetative parts of the sacred plants are preserved in the Mist Chamber for a period of 30-45 days for the purpose of "rooting". After "rooting" of the sacred plants has occurred in the Mist Chamber, the plants are transferred to the shade house for maturing.
2. FIELD SURVEY AND DNA FINGER PRINTING OF SACRED TREES

The CNHS proposes to undertake DNA based finger printing of sacred trees which will help in identification, conservation and maintaining record of sacred and historical trees for their long term management and protection.
3. AWARENESS, EDUCATION, ACTION

The MUSEUM OF TREES will promote conservation of sacred trees and herbs through a vigorous programme of Awareness, Education and Action by involving the people, particularly youth, as stakeholders and using modern educational tools like multimedia.
For its Conservation project, the MUSEUM OF TREES has created the following state-of-the-art infrastructure.

MIST CHAMBER:
India's most modern Mist Chamber facility has been established where stem cuttings of sacred and historic trees are "charged" in "root trainers" and placed inside the Mist Chamber for "rooting". The Mist Chamber has a water and pad cooling system to maintain temperature 30-32o from the ambient temperature. For propagation, conservation and maintenance of in situ plantations RH is provided up to 95% (+/- 4%) which can be set at any desired level. A state-of-the-art fogging system has been installed in the mist chamber to provide 40-60 micron water particles. Simulated light is provided in the mist chamber by PAR Lamps. A control panel helps to regulate temperature, humidity, and light so that the desired temperature can be set as per the requirement of the plant material in the mist chamber.

NET HOUSE CUM HARDENING CHAMBER:
After "rooting" in the Mist Chamber, the plantlets are shifted to the Shade Nethouse to acclimatize the plants to conditions outdoors - to harden them and to ensure the tender plants do not die from "climate-shock". A Net house cum Hardening Chamber with appropriate net with the desirable mesh size, has been installed, thus softening the transition from Net house to garden, the plant's exposure to the elements being slowly increased from none at all at first, to full, over a period of ten days to fortnight.

GREEN HOUSE CONSERVATORY FOR ENDANGERED PLANTS

The MUSEUM OF TREES has established India's most modern, scientific and exquisitely designed Green House Conservatory. The Conservatory will not only preserve and propagate rare and endangered species of plants, shrubs and herbs, but also display them to the public through giant glass panels, using modern exhibit design techniques.

The Green House Conservatory is an aerodynamic, non-corrosive structure. The roofing is made from UV stabilized thermo clear multiwall polycarbonate sheet with 81% light transmission. The polycarbonate sheet has anti-fungal treatment to protect plants inside. Temperature within the Green House is maintained through a sophisticated air conditioning system and heating system which has an auto cut-off thermal device. Heat convectors ensure that a uniform heat circulation system is maintained within the entire area of the Glass House Conservatory.

A microclimate environmental simulation system controls temperature and humidity. A heavy-duty fogging and misting system in the Conservatory can increase the humidity up to 90%. This ultra-modern system includes motor, nozzles, filters, pipes, 500 ltr. PVC water tank, etc. and operates through piltz timer.


    " I am happy to learn about the project of "Museum of Trees" in Chandigarh and hope that your efforts are recoganized and acted upon not only in Chandigarh but throughout India and more."

- Amitabh Bachchan


    "The Museum of Trees is destined to become an international landmark."

- Nek Chand
Creator, Rock Garden
Chandigarh
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