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‘Adopt bearded fig tree’

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

‘Adopt bearded fig tree’

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BARBADOS IS being urged to list the bearded fig tree as its national tree.
This is according to senior technical officer of the National Botanical Gardens, Nigel Jones, who said several Caribbean countries had already named their national tree and it was important for Barbados to have one as well.
He was speaking at the opening of the Rotary Arboretum in the botanical garden at Waterford, St Michael, last Friday evening.  Jones said plans were being put in place to develop, in the arboretum, a CARICOM garden where the national trees of the Caribbean nations would be planted.
The arboretum, which contains more that 50 varieties of trees, is proposed to be used as a national park for educational and recreational purposes. (LK)