Students in Ilaro tree planting
Students of St Lawrence Primary and Providence School yesterday joined representatives of the Ocean Two luxury resort in observing Arbor Day in Barbados.
Staff of Ocean Two Resort & Residences, located at Dover in Christ Church, teamed up with the primary school students in planting Pride Of Barbados trees at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Ilaro Court.
Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy hosted the students for the event, encouraging their efforts, while also assisting in the planting of a tree.
The activity was spearheaded by the resort’s environmental team and operations manager of the four-diamond property, Paul Collymore, who said Ocean Two was committed to preserving the environment and raising awareness of the importance of trees and the need to protect the environment for future generations.
Collymore also disclosed that the two primary schools had been adopted by the resort, as part of its community outreach programmes, and this was the third year it had partnered with the schools in Arbor Day celebrations.
Principal of St Lawrence Primary, Gloria Bryan, said the school was happy to partner with the Ocean Two staff in the project and that it had helped to reinforce the school’s teachings of the importance of trees and protecting the environment.
“These kinds of programmes are important for students. They help us to keep reinforcing that they must not litter, but beautify and protect the environment for the next generation,” she said.
In 2013, Ocean Two Resort partnered with students in planting trees at the Providence School in St George, and last year the students were involved in planting grape trees by the seaside at the resort.
Arbor Day celebrations in Barbados are held annually on September 22, coordinated by the National Conservation Commission and recognized as a day for planting trees. (PR)