Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Established in 1893, the Victoria Park Botanical Gardens (VPBG) has maintained a long history and cultural significance as an open space within the capital city of St. John͛s. Today, the VPBG covers approximately 6 acres and is directly managed by the Department of Environment (DoE).

The aims and objectives of VPBG are to:
i.establish a family friendly green space for public use
ii. create a hub for the display of environmental projects
iii. establish a secure and aesthetically pleasing environment able to accommodate
educational and recreational activities
iv. provide an alternative tourist destination for visitors

In support of environmental awareness through community engagement, the DoE has implemented various outreach activities within VPBG such as: ‘Movies in the Park’, ‘Yoga in the Park’ and ‘Art in the Park’. Additionally, during Arbour Month, nursery staff exchange with the general public 4,000 – 5,000 fruit-bearing trees for plant bags, which are used the following year for propagation.

The forty-foot-high and fifty-foot-wide African Cloth Bark Tree or Zulu Tree (Ficus nekbuda) is one of the more notable species located within the VPBG; others include the Cuban Royal Palm (Roystonia regia), Lignum Vitae (Guiacum officinale), Yellow Poui (Tabebuia glomerata), Devil’s Ear (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), and Hazel Sterculea (Sterculea foetida).

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