The 15th staging of National Tree Planting Day was observed on Friday, October 6, under the theme, ‘Today’s Trees, Tomorrow’s Future’. The initiative is aimed at promoting the value of forests and trees, while providing an opportunity for everyone to contribute to increasing the island’s forest cover and beautifying the surroundings by planting trees.
This year, the Agency partnered with the Calabar High School to plant trees to provide more shade and beautify sections of the school’s compound. Ceremonies and tree planting day exercises were also conducted at the following locations:
Newell High School, St. Elizabeth- Member of Parliament and Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Honourable Floyd Green, participated in the exercise.
St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School, St. Ann
Buff Bay Vocational Training Centre in Portland
The Agency also partnered with the Office of the Contractor General to plant trees at the Vauxhall High School, Kingston. Contractor General, Mr. Dirk Harrison, participated in the exercise.
Other groups/entities that conducted tree planting exercises include Norman Manley Law School Students' Association Environmental Law Society; the Kiwanis Club of Eastern Kingston and Port Royal and their sponsored club, the Port Royal Builders; the Jamaica Public Service; the Early Childhood Commission; the Sandals Group; and Zoo Kingston.