The National Conservation Commission (NCC) and the Organisation of American States (OAS) are partnering to green Barbados with 80,000 trees over the next three years, and by extension, improve air quality and reservoir levels.
NCC General Manager, Keith Neblett, announced this at an Arbor Day tree-planting last Friday. Agriculturalists, environmentalists and nature lovers planted 15 trees that are common to Florida at Green’s playing field in St. George. “We at the NCC concern ourselves with the whole greening aspect of Barbados, not only to beautify but to reforest, improve the air quality and increase the levels of water retained in our reservoirs,” said Mr. Neblett.
Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and the Environment, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo lauded the agency’s efforts in establishing such green areas where the youth and the young-at-heart can regain the old community spirit through socialisation and relaxing with their friends and neighbours. “In addition to nurturing our environment, we have to nurture our young people and families as well by developing community parks and facilitating wholesome community activities, so that people will not only take care of their environment, but also claim it as their own,” she said.
The St. Gabriel’s School is this year’s winner of the Timothy Hoyte Award for being the most outstanding group promoting the preservation of the environment.