The Malé City Council has launched a first-of-its-kind plant nursery and butterfly park in Hulhumalé.

According to Malé Mayor and current presidential hopeful, Mohamed Muizzu, the most unique aspect of the nursery would be the butterfly park, which seeks to propagate four species of butterflies – although the current numbers are low, he expects them to increase to the thousands in a short time.

The nursery is the largest in the Maldives, and during its inauguration, Muizzu said that a variety of plants, both flowering and fruit-bearing, will be sold at the facility. According to the city council, the nursery will feature, among others, mango and guava trees, as well as date palms, in addition to common garden plants.

The nursery will also supply trees to homes and resorts, Muizzu said.

While the nursery and butterfly park will be an added achievement in making Malé a greener city, a dedicated website for the nursery and park will also be launched soon, the mayor said.