SI Jamestown Centennial
Tree Planting restores Cherry Grove
On September 29, 2021 Soroptimist International of Jamestown undertook to plant one hundred cherry trees at St. Nicholas Abbey. This National Trust site is situated in the rural parish of St. James in an area known as Cherry Tree Hill. Sadly, over time the vegetation bears no resemble to the name. St. Nicholas Abbey is a historic plantation house that is now a museum and rum distillery. A train track is part of this tourist attraction. The trees were planted in an area now called Cherry Grove. The grove is in clear view of passengers on the train.
S.I Jamestown engaged several persons and organizations to assist in the planting. They were joined by the owners of St Nicholas Abbey, parliamentary representatives, the CEO of the National Botanical Garden, members of the Barbados Defence Force, Head of the Christian Counsel, members of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and local Brownies and all were put to work to plant the cherry trees.