New tropical wing
The Diario reports that the Madeira Botanical Gardens will have a tropical wing and be the target of other investments that aim to provide that space with greater attractiveness, said today the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque.
“Until August of this year we will complete here a very important undertaking for the Botanical Garden that has to do with the installation of automatic irrigation in the entire space of the garden, an almost invisible but fundamental work “, said Miguel Albuquerque as part of a visit that made that space, much sought after by locals and visitors.
The chief executive of the Madeira coalition government added that work at the botanical gardens will also be carried out to “requalify and waterproof the lagoons and improve access, including the creation of ramps for people with reduced mobility”. “This is an undertaking that is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and represents an investment of around €800,000,” he said.
Miguel Albuquerque pointed out that today an “innovative, important project for the botanical heritage” of the botanical gardens was completed, which is the construction of a “tropical wing”. He explained that it will be implemented “in an area of about 7,000 square meters, almost a hectare, which is an area that was almost unused in the south, where a visitable greenhouse of a thousand square meters will be built where these tropical botanical collections will be installed, with water, lagoons, streams”.
In this wing will also be placed “a giant net for the collection of exotic birds”. “I think it will be another great attraction for the botanical gardens and, from our point of view, a very important investment in affirming our floristic and botanical potential”, emphasized the regional leader. The island official also pointed out that arrangements have already been made in the northern wing of the Botanical Garden, in which “a collection of Portuguese hairstyles, which is one of the best collections in the country” was installed.
The entrance was also requalified “with a collection of polyanthus rose bushes, which are those small rose bushes, which is an unusual collection and I think it is one of the few collections that exist in the country, from the beginning of the 20th century, very varied “, he added. The Madeira Botanical Gardens has a garden area of around five hectares and exhibits a high quantity and diversity of plant species (around 3,000) originating in areas of the ecologically well-differentiated globe.
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