In commemorating World Desertification Day which was observed on Friday June 17th, 2011, the members of the St. George’s Anglican Senior School and the St. George’s Methodist School Police Boys Club teamed up with the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture to participate in a tree planting exercise in the St. Margret’s area of the Grand Etang Rain Forest Reserve.
This initiative is one of many which the Forestry Department will be embarking for the rest of the year; the entire year’s focus worldwide is reforesting the land by planting trees in an effort to preserve the world’s vegetative environment.
Consistent with this drive, the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture is engaging various interest groups and stakeholders to partner with them in this afforestation drive.
Both Boys Clubs, comprising 25 members in total, joined together in participating in the day’s exercise which resulted in the planting approximately forty (40) trees. The exercise was both an exciting and educational one for the young men.
Recently the said Grand Etang Forest was severely ravished by hurricanes Ivan and Emily in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Therefore, the boys were extremely happy to be a part of this tree reforestation effort.
Special thanks to the Principals of the schools of the boys who participated in the exercise, the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Police Welfare Association (R.G.P.F).