Hidden Eden in Seethawaka – treasure trove of nature – By Arundathie Abysinghe Nestled in the outskirts of *Avissawella, in Illukowita in close proximity to Thunmodara, alluring Sitawaka Wet Zone Botanical Gardens is a paradise on earth… Fresh mountain air, verdant forest with glimpses of breathtaking vistas… Pebbled paths with many rare plants and trees flanked by beautifully laden flower beds… A serene lake with a reflection of the flower beds and tall trees surrounded by verdant misty mountains… Panorama of the green canopy contrast with beautifully designed flower beds… A vast lake, the centerpiece of the Botanic Gardens contrasts with the blue-grey sky reflected in the clear waters… Visitors are enchanted watching fish, small as well as large, coursing through the lake, a therapeutic experience… The serene atmosphere of the Gardens offers splendor and serenity of a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the adjacent road… Visitors ...

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Creating an Estimated Ecological Wealth of USD 382,362 through a Nature Corridor Source:Island A Model for Forest Landscape Restoration by Dilmah The recently concluded World Environment Day 2021 marked the advent of the ‘decade of restoration,’ where the United Nations calls States to take urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems. It is an attempt to halt the exploitation of sensitive ecosystems and turn towards healing our environment. In its efforts to foster respect for the environment and encourage harmonious coexistence of man and nature, Dilmah initiated through Dilmah Conservation, a Nature Corridor on Endana Estate, in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The initiative focuses on the restoration and revitalisation of a habitat, by connecting two isolated forest patches located in the vicinity of the Sinharaja Rain Forest. Located on the border of the globally significant Sinharaja Forest Complex, Endana Estate is endowed with many species, both fauna and flora. The estate ...

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