Earth Day at Botanical Park

The Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park is inviting all residents to celebrate Earth Day 2012 on Saturday, 22 April with free admission all day, from 9am to 4pm

Earth Day is being observed worldwide under the theme Mobilise the Earth, and residents will have a chance to do something for Earth through efforts being promoted at the Botanical Park, Weekender is told.

Residents may purchase plants from the large variety of seedlings available at the park nursery and are being encouraged to plant a tree, either in their backyard or at the park.

“This is a good opportunity to plant a tree in honour of a cherished loved one or a special occasion and at the same time contribute to our greening efforts at the Park or in our neighbourhoods,” says John Lawrus, general manager at the Botanical Park. “I would encourage everyone to take advantage of free admission on Earth Day and come out in support of our efforts. It is also a great way to enjoy the day with family and friends in one of the most naturally beautiful settings on our islands.”

Donate to projects

In addition to the plant sale, visitors may also donate to projects such as the Orchid Garden and Palm Walk or sponsor a bench in memory of a loved one.

The Botanical Park is also participating in the international Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green campaign, an environmental service effort that seeks to register one billion actions taken on behalf of the environment reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability, ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

“The Botanical Park will seek to register its Earth Day activities as one of the ‘Billion Acts of Green’ and that is why we are encouraging all residents to come out in large numbers. By doing so, we in the Cayman Islands can show our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and supporting the earth’s sustainability,” John says.

Gilbert Connolly, chief executive officer of the Tourism Attraction Board, which manages the Botanical Park, also says he is encouraging residents to attend and participate in Earth Day activities.

“The Botanical Park is one of the most beautiful and diverse in the region and is, in fact, the only one in the Caribbean to be Green Globe certified. This demonstrates the board’s commitment to operating and maintaining an eco-friendly attraction of the highest quality and I implore all Caymanians and residents to support the Park by visiting on Earth Day and as often as possible throughout the year. The Botanical Park is a national treasure we can all enjoy and be proud of,” he says.

Residents are required to present an ID showing proof of residency for admission on Earth Day.