BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 14, 2012 – CARICOM-member countries will soon have their national trees represented in a CARICOM Garden.
The garden will be located in the National Botanical Gardens at Waterford, St. Michael. Minister of Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe made this assertion recently during the unveiling of the Rotary Club of Barbados’ Aboretum.
He explained the garden will reflect the specificities of Caribbean plants as they defined the culture and character of the Caribbean. He added that the 250-acre plot will be transformed into a space everyone could see and enjoy.
Once completed, the garden will feature the national trees of all CARICOM countries.
That includes the Breadfruit tree, the national tree of St. Vincent; the Nutmeg tree from Grenada; the Pink Poui of Trinidad and Tobago; the Calabash from St. Lucia; the Whitewood of Antigua and Barbuda; the Flamboyant tree, or Flame Tree, of St. Kitts and Nevis; the Blue Mahoe from Jamaica; and the Roystonea, or Royal Palm, from Cuba.
Senior Technical Officer at the National Conservation Commission, Nigel Jones said efforts were currently being made to have the Bearded Fig Tree listed as Barbados’ national tree.
However, he noted that neither the French colonies of Martinique, Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, Montserrat or Haiti had national trees. He added that Dominica also did not have a national tree, but was often represented by the Coconut Palm.
Mr. Jones gave the assurance that the CARICOM Garden would continue to be developed over time with additional features being added on an ongoing basis. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)