Government schools and homes around Cayman are getting free shade trees thanks to the efforts of Caribbean Utilities Company.
During its 50th anniversary celebrations, the company is planting 50 trees at schools and other locations, including the Frances Bodden Girls’ Home and the Pines retirement home.
“We have over 65 volunteers from the company planting the trees around the schools and homes,” said CUC spokeswoman Pat Bynoe-Clarke, during the planting of four neem trees at the George Town Primary School playing field on Thursday.
“We’re happy to see the trees being planted,” said Marie Martin, the primary school’s principal.
“We were not able to put plants along the perimeter of the field when it was used for Cayman Island Football Association games, but since they built the new CIFA Centre of Excellence, we were then given permission to plant shade trees. We need lots of trees for children to make use of during the hot sunny days.”
Ms. Bynoe-Clarke said George Town, Savannah, Red Bay and Edna Moyle primary schools, as well as the Sir John A. Cumber, Clifton Hunter and John Gray high schools, will each receive ornamental trees, such as neem and yellow and pink poui.
Two fruit trees will be planted at the girls home and the retirement residence. The trees were purchased from the Agriculture Department.