The Chandigarh Nature and Health Society is operating a project of unique cultural and environmental significance in Chandigarh UT India. The Museum of Trees – Chandigarh is India’s first tree museum and is being implemented in Village Daria Chandigarh.
The Museum of Trees is inspired, by the unique association between the environment and various spiritual faiths in India. Environment and conservation have always been integral to all faiths that originated from India. However, a unique aspect of the Sikh faith is the naming of places of worship (gurudwaras/temples) after various species of trees.
Mr Damanbir Singh Jaspal IAS (Retd.), President, Chandigarh Nature and Health Society, has undertaken considerable research on this subject. His coffee table book, Tryst with Trees – Punjab’s Sacred Heritage, is a pictorial documentation of 59 historical Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan, named after 19 species of trees.
The Museum of Trees is a project sanctioned by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India after being recommended by the Chandigarh Administration in 2010. The Museum of Trees is also supported by the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh and Chandigarh Forest Department.
The Chandigarh Nature and Health Society has been using the technique of clonal technology for the conservation of sacred trees present in Sikh gurudwaras. Over 10 years,ten of the most sacred trees of Sikhism have been successfully cloned and are growing in a healthy state in the MUSEUM OF TREES.