Schools observe Arbor Day

Lawrence T. Gay Memorial students had fun in the garden today, creating new “homes” for a number of fruit trees as they turned Arbor Day celebrations into an educational and learning experience.
Lawrence T. Gay Memorial students had fun in the garden today, creating new “homes” for a number of fruit trees as they turned Arbor Day celebrations into an educational and learning experience.

Arbor Day came early to two schools this morning.

About 80 students of the Lawrence T. Gay Primary, and several at the Providence School along with staff of Ocean Two Resort this morning celebrated the annual day, which actually occurs on Sunday, with tree planting exercises.

Science teacher at Lawrence T. Gay, Donna Howard, said she and fellow teacher Renee Ifill assisted the students from Infants A and Class 1 in the planting of a Surinam cherry, a guava, a sour sop and a sea grape tree in observance of Arbor Day.

The exercise, she said, followed a joint workshop on Wednesday in plant propagation with the National Conservation Commission, which also donated the plants.

“The four plants were part of the propagation workshop experience that the children would have participated in, and it culminated with the planting of the trees. That was part of the overall exercise,” said Howard.

While this was the first time the school had been involved in the workshop, the teacher said that the celebration of Arbor Day was an annual activity for the school which tried to plant trees each year.

Additionally today, the students of Providence School in St. George had celebrations of their own with the staff of Ocean Two Resort.

Executives of the Resort joined staff and students of the private school in planting a tree to the memory of long-serving gardener Richard Trotman, who died earlier this month.

The school is located at the Francia Plantation, where the 83 year-old Trotman was employed for more than 50 years and took care of the trees, plants and surroundings.

Arbor Day celebrations in Barbados, coordinated by the National Conservation Commission, are held annually on September 22 and recognised as a day for the planting of trees.

Executives of Ocean Two Resort, who adopted the Providence School some years ago under the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s STEP programme, visited the institution on Friday to partner in planting a Pride Of Barbados Tree, to honour the work of the late gardener.

“We are happy to partner with the Providence School in recognising the work of Mr. Trotman and our planting of the tree is also our way of assisting the young students to appreciate and preserve their environment,” said Melissa Chalbaud, Marketing Manager of Ocean Two Resort. (LB)

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