You must have seen a man making a world record till date, either he is making a world record on his fitness or because of his art, he is being seen making a world record, there are some people who are also concerned about their age.
World records have been made. But in India, not a human but a tree is also recorded in the world record because of its age. Yes, there is a banyan tree in Kolkata The Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden, which is 250 years old. This tree is known as the largest banyan tree in the world. Let us tell you about this tree.
When was this tree planted?
This huge banyan tree is located in Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden, Kolkata. This is where this tree was established in 1787. At that time its age was about 20 years. The tree has so many roots and big branches, due to which it seems to everyone to see, as if someone has come in the forest. Seeing this, you cannot guess that it is just a tree.
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More than 80 species of birds on this one tree
Spread over 14,500 square meters, this tree is about 24 meters high. It has more than 3 thousand hairs, which have now turned into roots. Because of this, it is also called the world’s widest tree or ‘walking tree’. You might be surprised to know that more than 80 species of birds reside on this tree.
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The roots got sick because of the storm.
The cyclonic storms that hit Kolkata in the years 1884 and 1925 caused great damage to the banyan tree. Because of this, the branches got moldy, due to which they had to be cut. Today it is the only big tree in the Botanical Garden, although you will see hundreds of other exotic plant species brought from around the world in this park.
A team has been formed to take care of the tree
In the year 1987, the Government of India also issued a postage stamp in honor of this big banyan. It is also considered as the emblem of Botanical Survey of India. The tree is maintained by a team of 13 people, in which you will find everyone from botanists to gardeners. From time to time, this tree is also examined, to see that it is not harming in any way.
History of the Garden
The garden was not always known as the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden. The garden was renamed in 2009, and then renamed in honor of natural scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose. In 1787, Colonel Robert Kidd of the East India Company established the garden with the sole objective of growing commercially viable plant species like spices, tea. Little did they know that one day, centuries later, this species of fig would become the largest tree in the world.