5 June: Best Herbal Gardens Phase II, awarded on World Environment Day 2011


On 5 June 2011, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal presented the awards for Best Herbal Gardens in a function organised by the Ministry of Environment, Government of Nepal to celebrate World Environment Day 2011. Kanchan Secondary School, Chapagaon, came in first place; Arun Jyoti Vidhya Mandir, Jorpati, was first runner up; and Ananda Bhumi Boarding School, Maitidevi, second runner up. 

On 31 May 2011, Dr Nirmal Bhattarai and Ms Nira Gurung, members of the Herbal Garden Initiative, ICIMOD, conducted the monitoring and final evaluation of the herbal gardens managed by eight private schools in the Kathmandu valley. The schools were involved in the development and management of herbal gardens on their premises under the programme ‘Promoting Herbal Gardens in Schools’ organised jointly by ICIMOD and the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) in collaboration with the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organization in Nepal (PABSON) last year. The programme was launched to mark World Environment Day 2010 and continued into its second phase this year. The criteria for evaluation included the number of medicinal plants in the garden, health of the plants, information displayed for each plant, and involvement and motivation of students. 

Judging the competition, Dr Nirmal Bhattarai said that: “While almost all students were equally involved in developing and maintaining the herbal gardens in their schools, the ‘core teams’ represented students from different grades. Gender-balanced participation of the students was the most significant feature of the herbal garden initiative in every school.”

All of the participating school teams have consented to continue maintaining and developing their herbal gardens while ICIMOD has agreed to provide technical inputs when needed.