Local nature lovers, plant enthusiasts, horticulturalists and environmentalists will be getting together with the National Conservation Commission (NCC) come Monday, September 22, to observe National Arbor Day.

They will be concentrating their energies at promoting the planting and preservation of trees under this year’s theme “Together Re-vegetate and Educate to Ensure Earth’s Survival”.

In addition to encouraging the planting of more trees, the annual exercise is also designed to engender an awareness of the importance of vegetation to the sustainability of our environment.

Members of the public are urged to visit the NCC headquarters, Codrington, St. Michael, on Monday and collect a tree free of cost, on a first come first serve basis. On that day, persons are also encouraged to plant trees at churches, residences, schools, and within their communities.

As part of the continuing Arbor Day celebrations, the Commission will be putting on two Plant Workshops during next week. The first, an outdoor exercise, will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at Jubilee Gardens, the City. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and will deal with the importance of plant life and trees, plant propagation, and guarding against pests and diseases.

The second plant clinic comes off on Saturday, September 27, at Codrington, St. Michael. It will examine the proper care of plants and plant propagation. This will coincide with the NCC’s Arbor Expo which will also be staged at Codrington and will showcase several by-products of trees. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is designed to be an educational experience for the entire family. Several varieties of plants will be on sale throughout the day.

Additional information on the Arbor Day celebrations may be obtained from the NCC headquarters at 425-1200/1202/1212. (PG)

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