Nelson Mandela Park in Barbados by 2014

Barbados will have a new major ecological attraction in place by March next year.

Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, told Barbados TODAY during a brief visit to the site on Lower University Drive that the

Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, now under construction, would comprise a botanical-like environment with a nature trail.

“We are hoping that by the beginning of the year [2014] . . . or March, it will be ready and that it will be a major recreational space for students. There will be lots of gazebos, work stations . . . . It is going to be an ecological park; there is going to be a nature trail and it’s going to be a green economy concept,” announced the campus principal.

Pointing to the work being carried out today, he said: “What they are doing there at the moment is laying the foundation for a few structures, but then the greening will take place.”

Sir Hilary, who is also pro-vice chancellor of the UWI, noted that plenty trees would be planted, some of which would be brought in from various Caribbean countries.

“Different types of fruit trees . . . . We will plant some interesting vegetation; it is going to be a major ecological site for Barbados,” he said.

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