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  • The Labour Day Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is targeting the planting of 155,000 fruit and ornamental trees on Labour Day, May 23.
  • Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Janice Lindsay, said the move is in keeping with the theme for the day, ‘Restore, Preserve and Beautify’, and will involve collaboration with the Forestry Department and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
  • Persons can also email: labourday@mcges.gov.jm or call 978-7654 ext. 5144.

The Labour Day Secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is targeting the planting of 155,000 fruit and ornamental trees on Labour Day, May 23.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Janice Lindsay, said the move is in keeping with the theme for the day, ‘Restore, Preserve and Beautify’, and will involve collaboration with the Forestry Department and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

NEPA recently launched a Tree for Life campaign targeting the planting of one million trees by 2019.

Dr. Lindsay, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on May 18, said the “active participation of communities” will be integral to achieving the goal.

The trees, some of which will be for free, will be available at the three Forestry Department nurseries at Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew; Moneague in St. Ann; and Williamsfield in Manchester.

“What is for free is the Blue Mahoe, the poui, jacaranda, willow, Pride of Barbados and the almond. What will be on sale is the Duranta ‘gold’, palms, a variety of fruit trees, the West Indian Ebony and the potted Christmas tree,” Dr. Lindsay informed.

Meanwhile, she is reminding persons to register their projects at the Labour Day Secretariat, 4-6 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 5.

Persons can also email: labourday@mcges.gov.jm or call 978-7654 ext. 5144.