Do you love trees?
Is their existence important to you?
Or do you just see them as overgrown bush that needs to be trimmed or removed to make way for modernisation? A home for bugs and wild animals that you would rather keep as far away from as humanly possible.
Or do you see them as just part of the wider landscape?
Where do you fit on the spectrum?
For a little over 15 years, the Department of Environment has been actively celebrating Arbour Month. Various methods and activities have been used to raise awareness of the importance of trees and encourage us all to take up the challenge to plant trees towards achieving a sustainable future.
The Department of Environment was not the first agency in Antigua and Barbuda to commemorate Arbour Day. The Ministry of Agriculture had long been practicing Arbour Day. Trees were distributed annually but eventually the Ministry stopped. Why did they stop? Because technicians at the Ministry realized that although there was great enthusiasm for collecting trees, people were not planting them. There are numerous anecdotes of technicians visiting homes and seeing saplings, now dead, from consecutive Arbour days lined up like terra cotta soldiers with the sacred responsibility of keeping the wall upright.