A plan to restore the Botanical Gardens to its former glory, and to improve its aesthetics considerably is in the pipeline.
According to this week’s Cabinet notes prepared by the Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst experts who engage in green architecture, such as is on display at the famous World Heritage Site of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, have offered Antigua and Barbuda their expertise.
Hurst said that the visit of Prince Harry to Antigua, and the heightened pressing undertaken by Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner in London, Ambassador Karen Mae Hill, was the reason for the this move.
The object of this initiative the notes says, is to enhance the green space stretching from the National Archives, the Public Library, across to Dredgers Playing Field, and encompassing the Victoria Gardens.
During a special edition of Fire and Steel on ZDK Radio this week, the Environment Minister the Hon Molwyn Joseph spoke a bit about the desired look for the gardens.
“We have been identified for the Queens Canopy, that is the Botanical Gardens and If that Car Park wasn’t there, that whole area coming down to the Independence Avenue will be included…Can you imagine decorating that entire area with proper trees?” he stated.
Cabinet says the improvement work will likely commence before the end of 2017.