Dilmah’s One Earth Urban Arboretum was Initiated on 7th December 2015 as an effort to increase the appreciation of forest ecosystem services in the local urban community and build a more sustainable community. The Arboretum was completed on the 7th of February 2017 and now contains over 300 different species of trees, vines and shrubs.
Situated at the Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture and Research Centre (DCSARC) in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka the One Earth Arboretum also houses a model ‘Weva’ or irrigation tank (reservoir), a paddy field, and a traditional agriculture and household resource centre. Further information on the species and resources found at the Arboretum can be found at: https://www.dilmahconservation.org/arboretum/
Through this tangible depiction of natural forests and of Sri Lankan agriculture in the immediate past, Dilmah Conservation aims to educate and inform urban populations, as well as the younger generation, on the value of trees to our society, environment and our future existence.
The One Earth Urban Arboretum is open to the public from 9:00 am to 4.30 pm all days of the week. Drop into the DCSARC in Moratuwa to visit the arboretum and learn more about Sri Lanka’s native flora.
This was a contest which encouraged its participants to take a deeper interest in the importance of trees to the urban environment as they explore the theme ‘Trees and Sustainable Cities.