The A.G. Leventis Troodos Botanical Gardens
These botanical gardens were created by the Department of Forests at the edge of the asbestos mining region. Built on the Troodos National Forest Park land, at an altitude of about 1400m, it was named after the Anastasios Leventis Foundation. The Foundation contributed a considerable amount of money (exceeding €350,000) towards the creation of the Garden.
The creation of the Garden began in 2004 with the restoration of the old primary school, to be used as its Visitors’ Centre and offices. The Visitor Centre includes a reception area, exhibit hall, a screening and lecture hall, Troodos plant herbarium, a small shop with floral books and a student classroom area.
The area of the gardens ranges from the width of the entire mountain range of Troodos and includes both indigenous to the Troodos region and selected alpine and cultivated plants. The full development of the Garden will require another 5 years and in its final form will include the following sections:
- Endemic plants of Troodos.
- Garden and Fragrant Plants
- A selection of trees and shrubs – Arboretum.
- Agricultural plants of the Troodos mountain region.
- Endangered and rare species. (conservation section)
- Special indigenous and habitat types of Troodos.
- Designated spaces for rare and vulnerable species remediation in nature, in case of damage or loss due to fires, climate change or other causes. This section will consist of the processing area, the dehydration area and the freezer compartment (-200C).