Minister gets the low-down on Turner’s Hall Forest

Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe toured the Turner’s Hall, St Andrew Forest today and did not like what he saw.

Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe (front right) and his team for today’s tour of the Scotland District. At right, the minister shelters from the rain.

Accompanied by a team that included Professor of Plant Biology at the University of the West Indies and members of the media, Lowe said he was disturbed by the signs of human activity, including tyre tracks in a clearing, that he discovered in the previously undisturbed and species-rich segment of the Scotland District.

Sheltered by an umbrella and protected by a raincoat on a rainy morning, the minister described what he saw as “monkey business” and promised an Environmental Management Act to give the ministry the teeth to prosecute perpetrators.

And he said he had a pretty good idea who was responsible for the damage.

“It seems to me that there has been some human activity. Perhaps, tours on vehicles that obviously are having an impact on the area. Clearly, the area was cleared and we think we know who was responsible for it, but without the necessary evidence it would be difficult to say.

“But the fact is that there are a lot of tyre tracks in the area. There has been clearing of what would have been natural footpaths to areas that are almost roads which really is inclusive to the landscape of this forest area,” he said.

The minister said he was especially concerned about the soil movements because the forest was the main green space on the island.

He added that he had been exploring fundraising options to restore some of the flora.

“What I have asked the head of our biodiversity programme to do is to perhaps put together a project programme that would attract fundraising to replenish the forest in terms of its natural plants,” he explained.

Lowe also revealed that he would be travelling to Kenya on Friday for meetings with directors of the United Nations Environment Programme and fellow environment ministers and he intended to put forward a proposal for the protection of the St Andrew forest and other green spaces.

7 Responses to Disturbing!

  1. Tony Webster February 11, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I really do commend the Minister for checking on some wuffless folks messing up our primordial, pristine forested areas. However, give us a break Sir: effin someone is tresspassing on Crown Lands- far less causing damage, you are NOT excused from taking action under several existing Laws of Barbados. You appear to know the culprit(s), and you certainly need not await yet another bitof legisltaion do actually DO something. Like a phone call, or an official letter…to de boss/culprit! Cheese-on-Bread, Sir!

    BTW, I liked the video-clip on TV-8 …where an “aide-de-camp” (of sorts) holds a (large) umbrella to shield your head, lest any errant drops of (precious) water fall upon it. Looked…well…sorta…err…”Royal”. Wow! As I write, might I also offer you “Bon Voyage” on your up-coming, and clearly-publicised, nice trip. Have fun.

  2. Ivana Cardinale February 11, 2016 at 7:52 am

    He knows who is responsible but he isn’t going to act???? The person got away with environmental disaster and that’s it? Let’s guess…. a bajan oligarch?

    • Olutoye Walrond February 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Knowing and having evidence are two different things.

  3. Sue Donym February 11, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Tell them to cease and desist – in ten days (in the first instance)!

  4. Environmentalwatchman February 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

    In another section of the press it was reported that the roads were discovered in October 2015 and a letter written to the Minister. Why did the Minister wait until February 10, 2016 to look into the matter.

  5. Tony Waterman February 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Come on folks, you can’t go around accusing people of doing things that “NO ONE has seen them doing, and that includes the Silly Minister, he was NOT there.
    Maybe a plaster cast of the Tracks and then match them to a vehicle that you may think is responsible for leaving them there, we are talking EVIDENCE her not Heresay or belief.
    I am sure that Turner’s Hall Forest (Woods in my Day) is a place where Tours take their Tourist Visitors to see, so it is my belief that there is nothing Devious things going on here, just a Need for Rules of use be implemented and Enforced.
    and we DON”T need any NEW Laws, just enforcement of what is already there. the Minister is engaged in what is in Marketing is referred to as “”Management by walking about”” No Sir we NEED ENFORCEMENT of RULES already in Place, That’s all.

  6. Mac10 February 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Can I suggest the Minister also goes down to Dover Woods to see the destruction being caused by Sandals.Once again it is known who is causing this damage but nothing is being done. How about you start there Minister???


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