The National Conservation Commission (NCC) will be saluting and awarding nine unsung heroes during its 4th annual Arbor Expo to be held in Queen’s Park, tomorrow, Saturday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The nine individuals, who will be?? recognised in a ceremony slated to take place at 4:00 p.m., have assisted the Commission for over 10 years, and are said to exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and love for their community. They will be honoured for generously giving of their time and resources in a sustained effort to assist the Commission in executing its diverse mandate.????

The Arbor Expo is intended to raise environmental consciousness, primarily in relation to trees, their role, benefit and importance to our very survival.

Its primary objective is to highlight the importance of trees through practical/ interactive demonstrations, which highlight the many products, and services consumed and utilised daily, which are derived from trees.

The event will feature display booths from individuals, groups and organisations showcasing environmental products and services. Workshops will also be held during the day, focusing on a number of pertinent areas including plant care, plant propagation, identification and eradication of pests and diseases that affect plants.

According to the NCC’s Special Projects Officer, Ricardo Marshall, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better. "We are trying to increase the number of exhibits, and also present a wider range of products and services that highlight the importance of trees," he explained.

The NCC official further noted that despite the fact that the annual Expo is staged to highlight the importance of trees, as obtained in previous years, they would be inviting Government departments and private agencies with products or services related to environmental conservation to participate as exhibitors.

A massive plant sale will also run concurrently with the Expo, offering up to 20 per cent discounts on selected plants.

The Expo, which was slated to be held last Saturday, September 25, was postponed due to the inclement weather.

The theme for this year’s observation is ???TREES: The Circle of Life.’

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