Barbados 4H Tree Planting – Volunteer Efforts Much Appreciated – Money Wisely Spent

Barbados 4H Trees

Well done to the 4H folks and Mr. Everton Hunte!

Hundreds of children from the 4H movement are involved in the growing of seedlings and planting of trees in an effort to beautify and stabilize coastal areas in Barbados. On Saturday 4H children planted over 1200 trees on the East Coast where the soil had been slipping in part due to the lack of plant roots and cover.

As reported in the local media, the project cost $30,000 – or about $25 per tree, which sounds like an excellent return on the investment if even half the young trees make it through the first few years. (See The Barbados Advocate article Green Coast)

The major benefit from the exercise though might be what the children learn about working together for the common good – and that ordinary people can make huge changes in the environment and the landscape.

While we’re not privy about which people were the driving force behind this project, from the accounts in the papers Mr. Everton Hunte, Chairman of the Barbados 4H Foundation, is obviously providing the kind of leadership that inspires everyone to do their part.

Should We Put Everton Hunte & 4H In Charge Of Saving the West Coast Beaches and Fixing The Sluice Gate at Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands?

Can the West Coast beaches and the Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands be saved with the help of the 4H Movement?

Rock Groins Destroying Barbados West Coast

Rock Groins Destroying Barbados West Coast

Three Rock Groins Benefit One Condo While Destroying An Entire Coastline At Mullins Bay, Barbados

With all the ongoing erosion on the west coast, some of it no doubt probably related to climate change, government should have never given approval for three groins at St. Peter’s Bay. To put it mildly – it was a monumental environmental mistake (if indeed it was a mistake and nothing even more sinsiter). To continue to ignore the problem (where is the Minister of the Environment who promised to visit the area two weeks ago) will in the very short term mean kissing goodbye to Mullins Beach itself and tourism in the area – not to mention the total devastation and havoc it would visit on the local and adjoining communities…

… from Mullins Bay Blog article Educate Yourself On The Mullins Bay Area Issues

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

The Broken Sluice Gate That Is Killing The Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands

Despite formal Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary offers to government to help with Worthing Beach sluice gate operations over the years, almost nothing has been done, resulting in significant environmental degradation at the Sanctuary.

“We experience massive fluctuations of water levels because the sluice gate is not operating.  This has contributed to increasingly unhealthy wetland waterbodies, including fish kills and mosquito infestations.  After nearly 15 years, mismanagement of the sluice gate and the elimination of traditional tidal flows into the wetland continues. Since August 2006, due to the inoperative sluice gate, the Ministry of Public Works controls water levels in Graeme Hall Swamp using a backhoe to add or remove sand fill in the sluice gate channel.”

… from Graeme Hall Sanctuary “New Plans To Develop Most Of Graeme Hall Lands Will Kill Wetlands & Migratory Bird Site”

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7 responses to “Barbados 4H Tree Planting – Volunteer Efforts Much Appreciated – Money Wisely Spent

  1. Jinx

    I wish we had more news items of this nature.
    Well done to the 4H Movement!

  2. Sundowner

    I’m delighted with this, hope there are more projects like this to come.

  3. The Oracle

    BFP>> “Can the West Coast beaches and the Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands be saved with the help of the 4H Movement?”

    In the case of St. Peter’s Bay Villas I am afraid it’s going to take a lot more than the little boys and girls (judging by the photo) in the 4H to lift the boulders from the groynes. What is urgently need in Road View/Mullins (and also Graeme Hall) is the political will on the part of the Barbados Government to do what is right by the country, the economy and the environment.

    One lawsuit has already been filed against the developer but by the time that is resolved Mullins Beach itself and probably also Gibbes Beach would have also disappeared, and that is not an exaggeration given the speed in which we lost the beach at Road View which was contiguous with and equally as beautiful as those two. To date, no government minister has even visited the area, AFAIK, and with CZMU marching people around through the surf and telling them it’s all Global Warming we now know for sure that in their hands we are all in deep doo-doo.

    Meanwhile, this month’s Conde Nast Traveler (one of the most read and respected travel magazines in the USA, if not the entire planet) describes our west coast beaches as “overrated—often overburdened, overbuilt, or eroded little coves with no room to walk and mostly rocky, hard-to-enter waters.” Although a very accurate description, it is also very unfortunate for a tourism-dependent economy such as ours in an age when the next sand, sea and sun vacation destination is only a click away.

  4. Thewhiterabbit

    4-H is worthy of major support, far beyond just for the recent tree-planting. It is a worth-while organization that accomplishes much good and teaches youngsters important lessons and values.

    The problem with the tree planting is that the island is populated with a lot of really ignorant people who love to burn the island every dry season. The recently planted trees, and any trees planted in grassy areas, will be incinerated in the next dry season. When land is burned nutrients, mostly nitrogen, go up into the air and drift out to sea, lost to the islands soils. Soils are degraded, thus reducing productivity. Soil erosion is encouraged, with productive soil washed into the sea. Soils denuded by burning allow more water to run off into the sea instead of seeping into the aquifer to replenish our water supply. Reforestation addresses all these problems and makes the island a better place for people to live.

    The 4-H approach to reforestation is entirely correct, but to make it work we will have to stop the arsonists (these fires do not start spontaneously, they are set by people, by Barbadians!) or we are going to have to massively protect the young trees until they get big enough to shade out the grasses that are annually burned by the ignorant.

  5. #Barbados TravelAdvisor • View topic – “Mullins Bay Blog Mourns Environmental Beach Disaster” – http://shar.es/6x3E – Pls RT #environment

    Save Mullins Bay

  6. “State Of The Beach At Road View 2 Months On” – http://shar.es/dI99

  7. BajanPrince

    EXCELLENT work!!! Barbados should have more foundations which aid to the environment. If the corrupt Barbados Government won’t save the precious environment I care for(I would say Bajans but I am still uncertain if ALL Bajans care about Barbados) then the people of Barbados would.