Members of the community from various sectors converged at Cheshire Hall Plantation on Friday, April 20th, 2018, to plant trees and support environmental goals that address our planet’s environmental challenges.
The tree-planting event was sponsored by Beaches Turks & Caicos and was hosted by the Turks & Caicos National Trust, in collaboration with students and teachers of Clement Howell High School’s Environmental Club, and DECR’s Pine Recovery Project Manager Bryan Manco.
The above-mentioned activity was a follow-up to an Earth Day 100 Trees Initiative which started in 2016, initiated by Beaches Turks & Caicos, through Public Relations Manager Elanor Finfin Krzakowski and TCNT’s Executive Director, Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams.
The National Trust was grateful to receive the gift of trees as the site has lost 30% of its trees as a result of the devastating effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Approximately two dozen native trees were added to the Cheshire Hall Plantation landscape, including four (4) Caribbean Caicos Pine saplings.
Caicos Pine is an endemic tree, regarded as the National Tree of the Turks & Caicos Islands, and is an important part of the country’s ecosystem. A recovery project is currently underway.
The Turks & Caicos National Trust is an ardent supporter of environmental protection and advocates for safeguarding the country’s natural heritage. This Earth Day tree planting exercise will certainly encourage the efforts of the National Trust in propagating native plants in the nursery at the historical site.
Earth Day, or the International Day for Mother Earth, is the largest civic day in the world that promotes the importance of trees and keeping the earth clean and green.
Trees have a very important role in absorbing carbon, cleaning and cooling the air; stabilizing soils; recycling nutrients for agriculture and supporting habitats for wildlife - just a few of their gifts to humanity.
Let’s keep planting trees!