Kozhikode: The State Forest and Wildlife Department has embarked on an ambitious project to grow and preserve all the 742 varieties of herbs and plants that find a mention in the historic work Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar) by Hendrik Van Rheede, who was the Governor of the Dutch administration in Kochi during 1667-77.
The project, �Hortus Malabaricus Sasya Sarvaswam, conceived by a collective of writers and cultural leaders in Kozhikode, will be set up in 24 acres of land adjacent to the Forest Departments timber depot at Chaliyam.
The work will be inaugurated by Forest Minister Benoy Viswom at Chaliyam at 10 a.m. on Friday.
The Minister will also inaugurate the work on a snake park and an aquarium proposed as part of the project.
The project is expected to be particularly useful to students and researchers working in the area of herbal plants in the State.