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Blue iguana death a ‘blow’ to recovery programme

An endangered blue iguana appears to have been run over deliberately at the side of the road in East End.

Family donates to help buy mangrove land

Cayman residents Chris and Karen Luijten have donated $75,000 to purchase an area of mangroves to help offset carbon dioxide emissions created by Protect Our Future students’ travel to Spain last month.

Trust moves historic house to Bodden Town

It may have taken the Ministry of Culture and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands nine hours on Sunday to secure a piece of Cayman history, but it was a proud moment for all involved.

Bush takes aim at anti-port groups

House Speaker McKeeva Bush has warned against misinformation and “emotive rhetoric” in the run-up to the 19 Dec. referendum on Cayman’s cruise berthing and cargo project.

Howell: Impact of Nat’l Trust legal action ‘uncertain’

Elections Office Supervisor Wesley Howell has said the impact of the National Trust court action on the port referendum is uncertain.

National Trust, CPR Cayman letters warn of intended legal action

The National Trust of the Cayman Islands and CPR Cayman have advised the government of their intention to seek judicial review over the 19...

Nearly one ton of plastics cleared from Brac beaches

Try to visualise 1,857 pounds of trash – enough to fill 87 tall kitchen trash bags.

Johannesburg photographer shares wildlife encounters

The sun was beginning to set, and wildlife photographer Lex Hes was hoping the lions would spring into action before the sun disappeared altogether.

Safari guide to speak at Trust talk

African safari guide, naturalist and wildlife photographer Lex Hes will host the first of the National Trust’s Speaker Series of 2019.

Mission House opens for Saturday tours

The National Trust’s Mission House in Bodden Town is introducing Saturday hours, beginning this weekend.
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National Trust to hold George Town fundraiser

The National Trust’s George Town District Committee is inviting residents to attend its upcoming district meeting and wine tasting event.

National Trust launches scavenger hunt ‘passport’

Explorers of Cayman’s historical and natural attractions have a new way to keep track of all the sites they have visited and a fun opportunity to check out some they have not.

Mission House cooking up local treats

Sweet cassava cakes, tasty tangy tamarind balls, coconut macaroons, peppermint candies and local almond drops are among the sweet and savory delights being cooked up at the Bodden Town Mission House.

Weekender Spotlight

Weekender Editor Vicki Wheaton gives the latest on upcoming fundraisers and other events on Cayman's social calendar.

National Trust celebrates 30th anniversary

The Cayman Islands National Trust, which this month celebrates 30 years of protecting the natural history of the territory, invites the public to a celebration of music, dance, environment, history and local heritage at Pedro St. James Castle on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 6-10 p.m.

Visiting volunteers spruce up Mission House

The historic Bodden Town Mission House is looking much better thanks to a group of volunteers visiting Cayman from a church in Oklahoma.

Crazy Socks dress down day supports Trust

A “Crazy Socks” dress down day has earned students at George Town Primary School membership in the Cayman Islands National Trust. All of the school’s 14 classes will get memberships for the special rate of $30 because of the money they raised.

Props for Crystal Caves attraction

From way across the Caribbean, an enthusiastic “big up” to developer Christian Sorensen and Cayman’s National Trust for putting in 20 devoted years to generating the Crystal Caves attraction in North Side now drawing acclaim as a new tourist attraction.

South Sound has new eco-friendly shopping destination

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands recently celebrated the opening of its redesigned retail store with a reception.

Reef restoration from Carnival anchor drop nears completion

When the Carnival Magic dropped its anchor in the wrong spot on Aug. 27, 2014, it destroyed about 16,000 square feet of coral reef off the George Town waterfront. Now, almost 20 months later, the restoration work by a dedicated group of volunteers is almost complete.

Prospect Primary students explore mangroves

A group of Year 5 students from Prospect Primary School recently had the chance to go out on the water for a hands-on lesson about mangroves.

Soaring pelican numbers please birders

Birding enthusiasts are reporting increased numbers of brown pelicans in the Cayman Islands this year.

Trust sets sights on Cayman Brac’s parrot habitat

The recent launch of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ Land Reserve Fund campaign will focus on conservation of dry forest land.

Cayman in Focus: Hatitude

Hats of all kinds, some themed, some classic, were on display at the National Trust’s “Hatitude” fundraiser at Grand Old House on Sunday. The event, under the theme “Brunch Upon a Time,” encouraged patrons to dress as someone famous from history, real or fictional, in full regalia or just highlighted by a choice of hat. Photos by Maggie Jackson unless otherwise noted.

Plant experts make field trip to Brac

In an exciting development for scientists and local plant enthusiasts, a pair of botanists keen to learn more about Cayman Brac’s unique plants recently paid the island a scientific visit.

National Trust buys up wetlands

The National Trust purchased 131 acres of wetlands across the Cayman Islands during a year-long campaign in 2015 and is now turning its attention to buying and protecting the dry forest habitat of Cayman’s parrots.

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard's last request

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard, who passed away in October, with a memorial service, a costumed parade and a party, abiding by her last wish to celebrate her life rather than mourn her passing.

Christmas charity calendars and cards

One of the ways you can support a local charity this season is to buy specially created calendars, cards or tree ornaments that donate funds directly to specific organizations.

Texas family finds ‘pennies from heaven’ at Cayman grave

Every year Verna and Cal Rutherford from Port Arthur, Texas, visit Cayman to tidy up Mrs. Rutherford’s family’s cemetery plot on Monument Road.

Sunrise clients help restore catboat

Two clients at Sunrise Adult Training Centre are getting lessons in Cayman catboats, a valuable mode of transportation for Caymanian people in earlier years.

Fire burns 200 acres in Salina Reserve

More than 200 acres in the Salina Reserve burned over two days.

Historic Mission House now open by appointment only

A lack of manpower and funding means Bodden Town’s Mission House is now open by appointment only.

Trust holds 5 percent of lands

The Cayman Islands National Trust has seen its property holdings increase nearly 60 percent in the last five years.

Storied Brac cave for sale

One of Cayman Brac’s best known landmarks, Rebecca’s Cave, is up for sale.

Government backs National Trust

The government defeats a challenge to the powers of the National Trust that would have weakened the Trust’s ability to protect land it owns for various purposes.

Researchers hunt down mystery plant

The Department of Environment is on the hunt for a mystery plant, last seen in Little Cayman 23 years ago by an American botanist.

NRA: Road 'gazetted' before Trust bought land

Cayman's roads authority said it planned to build the East-West Arterial extension long before the National Trust owned land around it.

Adopt an acre to help Trust

The Cayman Islands National Trust seeks individuals or companies to sponsor acreage in one of the many Trust reserves.

Jamaica honours two awardees

Jamaician Consulate award two, Astill Murphy and Michael Godfrey for their contributions to society during Independence Day cermony.

$40M sitting in unused environment fund

While Cayman struggles to find money to protect its indigenous iguanas and parrots, nearly $40 million sits in a specially established Environmental Protection Fund.

GT Craft Market building targeted

A pair of local developers have plans to knock down the George Town Craft Market building on Cardinall Avenue and redevelop the 0.24-acre site that formerly held Grand Cayman’s meat market.

Green iguanas invading Sister Islands

The invasion has started. Residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are reporting sightings of green iguanas on their islands.

Blues have more room to roam

The endangered Blue Iguana now has 23 more acres of land to call home in the Salina Reserve.

National Trust gala dinner auction called a success

The Cayman Islands National Trust fund raising gala dinner and auction was success at Luca Restaurant.

National Trust honours volunteers


The National Trust honours its 'MVP' volunteer members.

Iguanas, orchids featured at UK talks

An invited audience at a UK newspaper will hear all about two of Cayman's famous natural wonders.


Enrichment programme targets youth

The Trust programme offers students a variety of choices each session, which include arts and crafts projects, cooperative games, homework club, creative play options and socialisation skills.

Traditional tree chosen for the season

A weeping willow tree dressed with traditional miniature handmade creations is the Cayman Islands National Trust tree for the season.

Looking back on 25 years of culture

Henry Muttoo describes the Cayman National Cultural Foundation's past and future goals as "two-pronged".

Local businesses endorse BBBS

Several members of the business community in Cayman have recently raised $23,650 for the Big Brothers and Sisters programme.

BBBS Sends 100 kids to camp

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands in association with Abacus, Deckers and Prime hosted the first "Send a Kid to Camp Miniature Golf Tournament" recently.

UK environmentalist’s evening at Mission House

About 140 delegates from the UK overseas territories' environmental forum enjoyed a special evening at the Bodden Town Mission House.

Brac still recovering from Paloma

Six months after Hurricane Paloma wreaked havoc on Cayman Brac, the island is still getting back on its feet.

Parrots a link to Cayman’s past

Years ago, Cayman parrots were plentiful in these islands, and were often kept as house pets.

Water Authority hosts BAH

The Water Authority recently hosted a successful Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Red Gate Road to celebrate 25 years of service.

Esso teams with Trust for Blues

As part of its contribution to the conservation of the environment and the preservation of endangered species, ESSO Cayman will be partnering with the Cayman Islands National Trust to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme.

Graffiti attack rocks surfers

Surfers on Cayman have been devastated by the mindless defacement last week of a mural at popular surfing spot Mariners Cove with hateful and obscene graffiti.

NCB Homes sends kids to camp

This month NCB Homes stepped forward to sponsor five children from the Department of Child and Family Services and the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme to attend the National Trust Summer Camp 2008.

Campers learn Cayman history

Youngsters attending Cayman Islands National Trust summer camp are learning to preserve natural environments and sites of historic significance.

Minister seeks compromise on Ironwood forest

Government officials are working on a compromise plan that will allow the Cayman Islands National Trust to preserve a section of rare forest in central George Town.

Today’s Editorial April 28: Sounds in the forest

There is an old philosophical riddle that asks if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Message in a bottle

Members of the Cayman Islands National Trust are doing their part to reduce the amount of garbage at the dump.

Full slate of BAH events

The Chamber of Commerce has scheduled 10 Business After Hours events between 4 September and 6 December. Its an alltime high, Chamber CEO Wil Pineau said.

Today’s Editorial July 10: We must preserve old buildings

Kudos to Captain Paul Hurlstone for seeing that his family's old homestead is going to be preserved. While the 1937era wood house will be moved from its site on South Sound, it will find a new home near Pedro St. James Castle.

Watch a fly-out

Sitting in the cool evening breezes, enjoying the lovely tropical sunset and watching hundreds of bats swooping and swirling overhead is an extraordinary event.

National Trust Christmas cards

Cayman's restored Bodden Town Mission House will decorate the cover of this year's Cayman Islands National Trust Christmas cards.

Century old piano donated

A century old piano is making it way back to its original home - the restored Bodden Town Mission House.

John Gray Recyclers have global reach

Despite the hurdles caused by Hurricane Ivan, a local environmental youth club has remained active supporting projects in the Cayman Islands and abroad.

DoE staff off to turtle symposium

Two Department of Environment representatives, Janice Blumenthal and Joni Solomon, have headed off to Savannah, Georgia to attend the 25th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology this week.

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