The Heritage Garden Project® is an award-winning project started by Nature Seychelles in collaboration with the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles, the Department of Natural Resources and Ministry of Education to introduce young people to traditional food and medicinal plants (Shah, 2011). Heritage Gardens were established in 12 schools by the Wildlife Clubs. The aims are, among others, to promote awareness, interest and knowledge on the nurturing and propagation of traditional plants, thereby passing on a rich biological and cultural heritage and to connect several generations of Seychellois to become custodians of biodiversity.
The project has also inspired other organizations to establish such gardens, as well as a similar project by a farmers association in 2012.
The Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman™ is the demonstration site for the project and is now part of Nature Seychelles wider Green Health programme, which promotes sustainable living, including organic gardening and Edible Landscaping.
It is a place to inspire. The garden has hosted various organizations, businesses, government, foreign delegations, and people from all segments of society. Our staff guide students and visitors to explore the plants. They also help students and visitors engage in hands-on activities as they walk through the garden and discover different plants.