Director of horticulture lalbagh
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Director of horticulture lalbagh gardens, kolkata
lalbagh gardens, kolkata
I was born in Kolkata, currently a director of Horticulture. I attended Calcutta University. I am a bachelor and a citizen of India.
I have two daughters and a son. My daughters are studying in different universities and my son is a mechanical engineer.
Why you are giving the opportunity to develop this great city?
This opportunity is great in a way that I get to develop the city I love and I get to help thousands of women with great potential. I am very proud of the work that lalbagh gardens has been doing in the last 25 years. Now I want to expand that.
How will you help them to improve their quality of life?
I am not a charity person. If you want charity you will go to any of the well-known charities in India. I am a business person and I want to see the women become a part of the family of the gardens. They have great potential.
Why is the government investing in the development of the gardens?
It has been the government’s dream to have a garden that is full of greenery, with a great view and it also serves as a center of learning. To achieve that we are having to invest.
In India, more than 90% of the population resides in the rural areas. Are there enough gardens to be created?
Yes, if we had a proper policy on urban gardening in India, every house could become its own garden. But you can’t force it. The most important thing is that the garden is a green area. We need to teach our children and the adults how to grow plants and vegetables.
What would be your message to the community?
It is very important to eat fresh vegetables. I will teach them to have a garden. I will teach them to grow. My husband is very enthusiastic and he is a gardener. I can say that the garden will bloom.
The best time to visit the garden is in the morning, before 9 am, and between 2 pm and 4 pm. It is better to visit then, as there are a lot of volunteers and a lot of things are happening during those hours.
Do you have any advice for aspiring gardeners in the city?
We are a small group and we need the community’s support. We are all very much aware of the importance of eating fresh vegetables. So, we will be planting lots of vegetables. And we want the community to be involved. So, please join us and create your own garden.
Do you think a small garden in the city will change people’s lives, help them save money and give them access to fresh produce?
Yes, it will make a lot of difference. It is something that we can all do. And it doesn’t have to cost much. The best thing about a small garden is that it takes up little space and it’s really easy to care for. The community will be our biggest asset and we will be encouraging everyone to create their own garden.
If you create your own garden, do you expect to sell any of your produce to your friends?
There will be lots of vegetables. We will be selling them for 10% less than retail prices. So, there will be affordable produce.
How is the space at the new garden been funded?
So far, there are no funds. We have not allocated any funds for the space. We have been able to get the land at no cost, but it will be the community that is investing in the space. We want to encourage the community to do this.
I think that the idea is to encourage people to eat fresh vegetables.
I know that a lot of gardeners have been working for years and don’t have any funds, but we are all gardeners who want to give back to the community. So, we are all working together and we will all share the work load.
Any plans to turn the garden into a community hub?
Not yet. We have lots of things we want to do to set up this place and grow it.
I think we can’t have a farm without being a hub. We need to have the space to do community work. We will be doing things such as teaching cooking lessons, or giving children a space to learn to garden.
If you would like to find out more, get involved or talk about the project, you can visit the website: http://www.santabarresfoodgarden.co.uk.