St Lucia celebrated 33 years of independence on 22nd February 2012, and as part of the celebrations Marigot Beach Club owner David Shimeld, and Lorne Charles the Financial Controller, went over to Dennery on the east coast of the island on 24th February to join the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) in planting trees.
Under the theme “One people, one nation – limitless possibilities”, Saint Lucia celebrated this important milestone with a number of events, including a visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and his wife Sophie). And the SLHTA also organised this wonderful day in Dennery, where there was fire eating, a bed of nails, snakes in pants(!) and a special lunch.
The purpose of planting the trees was to strengthen the local natural ecosystem by restoring the forest, riverbeds and wildlife habitats in a number of St Lucian communities after the devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, which caused a lot of damage including massive landslides and claimed several lives.
Here’s a slideshow of the photos we took during the course of the day – hope you enjoy them!