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Bamboo Forest at Karma Lakelands

One of the best environmental benefits of bamboo is its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and produce 35% more oxygen compared to an equivalent tree. Research has shown that bamboo can absorb as much as 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year. That’s a lot of carbon sequestration.

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Bamboo cools down the surrounding air by up to 8 degrees in summer. This acts as a natural air conditioning for your garden and any buildings in proximity.

Bamboo is a fast-growing and naturally renewable tree-like grass. Some of the varieties grow 3 feet (90 centimetres) in a day. Farming requires little maintenance as it doesn’t need pesticides or herbicides and very little water to grow. Bamboo is a strong yet lightweight material. Especially when compared to wood and steel. Bamboo is super strong; even stronger than steel. The tensile strength of steel is 23,000 PSI, while the tensile strength of bamboo is 28,000 PSI.

When harvested, bamboo regrows from its roots, it doesn’t need to be planted again. Not only is this great from a naturally renewable perspective, but this also means that the soil and roots aren’t disturbed which is great for soil health.

Bamboo can also tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot. It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945.

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Humans have been eating bamboo shoots for thousands of years. Often seen in Asian dishes, bamboo shoots are low in fat and calories and provide a good source of fibre and potassium.

This Bamboo Forest is nurtured by the McDonald’s & Godrej frontier wastewater.

The Bamboos consist of 1439 different species. Some of them we use in this forest are Bambusa tulda, Thyrsostachys oliveri, Bambusa Balcooa, Dendrocalamus longispathus, Oxytenanthera abyssinica, Bambusa pallida, Bambusa mizorameana, Schizostachyum pergracile, Golden Bamboo Phyllostachys, Dendrocalamus Strictus, Dendrocalamus asper, Bambusa multiplex hedge bamboo.

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