Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park

is situated in the compound of Mahidol University,
Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom.

“Sireeruckhachati” Nature Park started off as “Sireeruckhachati ” medicinal plant garden which has been initiated since 1982 by Professor Dr. Nut Pamornprawat, the President of Mahidol University and Professor Payao Muengwongyard, Head of pharmaceutical botany, Faculty of Pharmacy. The objectives are conservation of Thai medicinal plants for the study, self-learning and research and development as well as the green and recreated area for students and staffs in Salaya campus.

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit graciously named this medicinal plant garden “Sireeruckhachati ” and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the official opening ceremony on 8 August 1988.

In 1993, “Sireeruckhachati Medicinal Plant Garden” was honored with Mahidol University Award in the Service Category and “Outstanding National Project in the Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Category” from the National Identity Board, Office of the Prime Minister in 1996.

In 2007 Clinical Professor Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn M.D., the President of Mahidol University, upgraded Sireeruckhachati medicinal plant garden to nature park for the study of Thai medicinal plants and also serve as ecotourism park. The former garden was expanded to 55 acres to accommodate various activities for both local and international levels. Her Majesty the Queen graciously renamed to “Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park” on 22 April 2510. The next Presidents of Mahidol University, Professor Rachata Rachatanawin M.D. and Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn M.D., carried on and provided further support to this project and made it a nature park in honor of Her Majesty the Queen.

Sireeruckhachati Medicinal Plant Garden

Sireeruckhachati Medicinal Plant Garden is operated under the general supervision of the Department of Pharmaceutical Botany of Mahidol University, comprising of 38 rai of the total area and more than 800 types of herb plants. In addition, all neatly arranged herb plants are placed with certain name plates, where Thai names, scientific names, family names, the parts and core benefits of those herb plants are also identified. The garden also serves as an outdoor learning center for students, academicians and other interested people, in which the number of visitors is estimated to increase every year. In 1993, the National Identity Office, Prime Minister’s Office, honored Sireeruckhachati Medicinal Plant Garden as one of the Thailand’s most outstanding projects in the field of natural resources and environment (herb category) for 1996

Mahidol University

Garden was also developed to enhance the potential of Thai wisdom and serve as a role model for environmental study and plant conservation. Apart from being a garden of several herb plants, the garden was likewise renowned for being a natural park that promoted ecotourism and botanical herbs of Nakhon Pathom and other western provinces. Later, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit granted royal permission to rename the garden ‘Sireeruckhachati Natural Park’ on April 22, 2010 and it was allocated with a government budget in 2011.
Prof. Dr. Rachata Rachatanavin, former Rector of Mahidol University, continued the Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park project until the garden was completed in 2013, with an ambitious goal to promote the garden as a herbal learning center of the Asian region, while at the same time offering various types of botanical knowledge to people in society.

Highlights

Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park is Thailand’s largest herb garden comprising of more than 800 types of herb plants.In addition, Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park also includes other interesting items as described below.

• The exhibition ‘Thai Herbs to the World’ – demonstrates the art of Thai wisdom, particularly for the development of herb plants for medicinal purposes.
• Garden of Healthy Herbs – comprises of a wide variety of familiar herb plants, with 100% safety for use guaranteed by several researchers.
• Garden of Royal Grace – exhibits various Thai herbs and is designed especially for people with visual impairment.
• House of Pharmacy – serves as a Thai herb center with a traditional healing atmosphere.

Significantly, Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park is developed with the ‘Universal Design’ concept. Aside from those who have keen interests in medicinal herb plants, Sireeruckhachati Nature Learning Park also focuses on quality facilities, a spacious location and friendly environment to facilitate elderly and disabled people in particular, as part of a strategy to serve visitors of sectors of society.