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Plant & conserve’! Persons told at Arbour Day Observance

-Several awarded prizes for Arbour Day poetry competition
Deputy Director of the Department of Disaster Management Ms Evangeline Innis, seated centre, delivered the feature address at Arbour Day observances held earlier today November 22, 2013 at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner 5-8 category, Asia Downing. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner 5-8 category, Asia Downing. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner 9-12 category Anton Robalinho Pecanha Lichota. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner 9-12 category Anton Robalinho Pecanha Lichota. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner 13-16 category Robert Poole. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner 13-16 category Robert Poole. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner adult category Ms Diana Stewart-Walker. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day poetry competition winner adult category Ms Diana Stewart-Walker. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day 2013 tree planting activity. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day 2013 tree planting activity. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day 2013 tree planting activity. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day 2013 tree planting activity. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day 2013 tree planting activity. Photo: VINO
Arbour Day 2013 tree planting activity. Photo: VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - “Moving forward, I therefore implore us to think of maintaining trees as a possibility and planting a few more if you can… each and every one is encouraged to make your personal efforts as you try to plant additional trees and to conserve what we have.”

That was the ultimate challenge given by Deputy Director of the Department of Disaster Management Ms Evangeline Innis to persons attending the Arbour Day 2013 observance today November 22, at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College campus.

“As you try to do your personal part, speak to persons from the government departments such as Agriculture, Conservation and Fisheries and National Parks Trust as to the path best suited for your property,” Ms Innis further challenged.

She was at the time delivering the feature address at the ceremonial aspects of Arbour Day 2013. Her challenge and message mirrored, to a greater extent, that of President of HLSCC Dr Karl Dawson and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering's speech which was presented by Permanent Secretary Mr Ronald Berkeley-Smith.

The observance is an annual one and four trees were planted this year in honour of persons of significance to the HLSCC and the territory at large, namely the late Mr Reeial George and Mr Lester Bowers. Two were planted in recognition of accreditation.

The theme this year was ‘Roots Reduce Risks’ and saw a poetry competition among youths and adults.

The winners of that competition received their prizes at the ceremony and those who came in first place were given the opportunity to read their piece to the audience.

The first place for the 5-8 category went to Asia Dowing whose poem was entitled ‘From the leaves to the roots from the roots to the leaves. The 9-12 category winner was Anton Robalinho Pecanha Lichota, who did ‘Arbour Day Poem’. The 13 – 16 years category winner was Robert Poole, who did ‘Down to the Roots’ and for the adult category, the 1st place prize went to Ms Diana Stewart-Walker.

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