At an inauguration to commemorate the opening of the Commonwealth Garden at the Wildflower Park in St. Clair earlier the previous day (Friday, March 12th, 2021), Agriculture Minister, Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat described the area in the town as one that was quiet, magnificent and coveted.
Furthermore, Clarence Rambharat added public spaces such as these provided the perfect environment for individuals to socialize in diverse activities amidst the backdrop of the several restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 Pandemic in the nation.
The Minister’s statement came on the heels of Commonwealth Day (observed on March 8th) as he underscored the significance for future generations to be reminded of “the need for a Commonwealth of Nations,” which Trinidad and Tobago became a member country upon its independence in 1962.
He further acknowledged all those who contributed significantly to the garden scheme – including the organization of the Horticultural Services Division (HSD) within the Agriculture Ministry – and requested Commonwealth members anchored in the capital town to expand and further magnify this beautification initiative.
Moreover, articulating at the event was Senator the Honourable Dr. Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, who considered the initiative as one “worthy of glowing commendation”.
Dr. Amery Browne complimented both the Agriculture Ministry and the British High Commission for their role in the project, which he said gained renewed attention to the significance of preserving our natural environment in order to achieve sustainable growth.
In her statement, British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Ms. Harriet Cross, remarked that the garden’s location was particularly important not simply because it was located between different Commonwealth Missions and the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, but fundamentally because wildflowers protected the soil, supported the ecosystem and reduced its (the garden) vulnerabilities to climate variation.
She added that this event was “just the beginning” and looked forward to the corporate intervention and sponsoring of the private sector in contributing to the growth of the garden’s plant resources and infrastructure.