It was a truly exciting occasion on Saturday, 18/6/2016 when the BHCDO carried out its first official tree-planting ceremony.
Six fruit trees were were selected and placed into the soil around the site of the Barnes Hill Community Reservoir Restoration Project.
They were put into place by Radford “Raddy” Lawrence, an original member and captain of Sun Valley steelband. This was the first steelband in Antigua which was developed outside of St. John’s ad was also the first steelband to play in a church and at a time when hooliganism was attached to the pan movement. Raddy is 92 years of age.
Jeanne Payne also planted a tree. She is now in her 41st year of teaching this nation’s children having started in the Catholic schools system and now with the Sunnyside school. Pass through the village and you will see her on her verandah, almost daily, giving after-class lessons to students from all over the island
Willston Christian is one of the senior statesmen of the organization and is affectionately called “Mr. Ambassador” mostly because of his drive to find international assistance for our project. He will soon be in Canada and while there will drumming up support for the BHCDO.
Jermaine Otto was our star pick of the day and could be considered our rising sports star.
Jermaine is only the second cricketer from Barnes Hill to represent Antigua and barbuda at the senior level, following Hercules Geddes Grant. He has gone one step further though as he recently received a contract to play with the Leeward Islands. We sincerely hope hope Jermaine continues his development and eventually makes us proud as an international cricket star representing the West Indies with distinction.
Two students studying abroad, Keanna Payne and Ki-janna Bowers planted the fifth tree. This was greatly representative of the hope the community holds in our young people. It is our expectations that they will learn well and return to their homeland to contribute to its development.
The final plant was put in place by Myrna Burnett with assistance from group vice-president Elaine Davis and Treasurer, Leonard Phillip.
Now we look forward to the rains!