Destruction of trees a concern

General Manager of the NCC, Keith Neblett (right) and his Superintendent for St. John, Winston Millington are joined by Society Primary School students Storm Puckerin and Dandria Rowe, and Principal Cynthia Greaves in planting one of 50 trees at Bath this morning.

The General Manager of the National Conservation Commission, Keith Neblett, has expressed concern over the wanton destruction of trees by some developers in Barbados.

He raised the issue this morning when he addressed a tree planting ceremony at Bath in St. John on the eve of the official celebration of Arbor Day.

“Developers destroyed a lot of our trees and the Soil Conservation donated some 50 trees to us as part of our tree planting project,” said Neblett.

The NCC general manager noted that the Bath area of St. John fell in the Scotland District which comprised one-seventh of the soil that was degrading in the island.

Five schools and community groups from St. John were invited to attend the ceremony to assist in planting the 50 fruit trees which included soursop, golden apple, ackee, mangoes and cherries.

Putting their hands in the soil were students and teachers from St. John’s Primary, Mount Tabor Primary and Society Primary. They were joined by the NCC general manager, the Chairman of the St. John HIV/AIDS Education Committee, Monique Haynes, the St. John Parish Ambassadors, Tre Jackman and Rashida Belgrave, their Attendant Angela Haynes and the NCC Superintendent for St. John, Winston Millington.

As part of Arbor Day celebrations, the Conservation Commission will be staging an exposition at its Codrington Headquarters tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The commission will also be launching its alternative energy conservation project, where rain water from the roofs of the buildings, was being utilised for irrigation purposes. The General Manager said this model could be duplicated by others, particularly in the agricultural sector.

He also announced plans to plant trees at various schools in the island and to assist schools which wanted to create gardens or other similar initiatives.

Neblett also explained the history behind this country’s celebration of Arbor Day. He recalled that it was inspired by the destruction of numerous trees across Barbados during this island’s worse hurricane, Janet, in 1955.

“So we (NCC) have been celebrating Arbor Day and planting trees with that in mind. Trees can be used for shade, fruits, furniture, and so on,” the NCC head observed. (EJ)

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