Conservation efforts admirable

This past weekend’s Agriculture Society Show in Cayman Brac, impressive for its display, was even more impressive for the thinking that went into the project, on top the Bluff, which will be the new home for the event.

By using a painstaking clearing process, by machete instead of tractor, the Brackers were able to retain almost all of the fully-grown trees on the land, before filling and levelling was done. As a result, to come onto the space created there, as hundreds did last weekend, is to feel that you are in the middle of a natural grove of 50 to 60 trees, with reams of open space, and a feeling of being in nature, as opposed to the ‘parking lot’ atmosphere that often results when land is cleared for such projects in Cayman.

Applause to Ernie Scott and Marc Tibbetts who headed up the project, to the Ministry of Agriculture for the funds, and to people like Telford Miller from the Agriculture Department, but a particularly big hand for Glen Dilbert, the machete master, who worked for close to three months carefully preserving and clearing an acre of dense Bluff bush so that when the heavy equipment came in the trees stayed up.

One can immediately perceive how magical that area will look at night, with floodlights under the towering trees, and there are plans to have a Christmas display there this year in that vein. It will be something to see.

It is often assumed that we’re ‘doing it better’ in the big island; last weekend in Cayman Brac proved that such is not always the case.

Dave Martins

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