ET's entries into the Tidy T & T Competition
In October 2002 the Government and Rotary Club of Trinidad and Tobago launched a competition to increase awareness of environmental issues in T&T. Environment TOBAGO registered 2 entries for the competition:
- The Kilgwyn Wetlands Clean-up
- The Keep a Clean School Competition
Kilgwyn was initially a straight forward clean up of an area that had been used as a dump for years. As the competition went on it became clear that this was more than just about clearing garbage – it was about increasing awareness of wetlands. This is vital as they are, by far, the most threatened habitat in Tobago.
At this point in time we are currently in talks with the Tobago House of Assembly about turning Kilgwyn into a nature reserve and are hoping to win one of the categories. WATCH THIS SPACE!
We are also very pleased to announce that we have received a generous donation, from an anonymous donor, specifically to carry this project forward. We are hoping that in a few years Kilgwyn will be a flourishing Nature Reserve that will be a benchmark for conservation in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Keep a Clean School Competition was also a huge success with 35 out of the 50 schools in Tobago entering. The competition was judged on the schools ability to demonstrate the 3 Rs – The REDUCING, REUSING and RECYCLING of garbage. Many of the ideas were outstanding, which made the judging incredibly difficult, but we finally came up with a list of winners:
- OVERALL WINNER: Pembroke Anglican Primary School
- COMPOSTING: Belle Garden Anglican & Michael K Hall Community School
- RECYCLING: Bon Accord Secondary Centre
- TIDIEST SCHOOL: North Regional SDA Primary
- STUDENT PARTICIPATION: Signal Hill Government Primary
TIDY T&T IN PICTURES
1. KILGWYN CLEAN UP
THE CHALLENGE AHEAD
For more than 20 years Kilgwyn Wetlands had been used as a garbage dump. Tons of garbage lay everywhere.
When the Tidy T&T competition was launched ET jumped at the chance to clean up Kilgwyn.
THE CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
Over 6 days of cleanups 260 tons of garbage was removed (52 trucks).
25 school children from Scarborough RC school helped in planting the trees.
Where garbage once lay sea grape, noni, mangrove and coconut now stand.
FROM TRASH TO ART This Goat mask was made from an old water tank, found at Kilgwyn, by American artist Tyler Fen.
WORLD WETLANDS DAY AT KILGWYN
On 2nd and 3rd of February Environment TOBAGO and the Department of Environment held World Wetlands Day at Kilgwyn. Over 500 people turned up to experience the reborn wetland.
350 school children visited; they enjoyed boat rides, guided trails walks and wetland games.
They also learned about the vital role wetlands play in Tobago. The popularity of the event proved there is a keen interest in wetlands in Tobago. What was once considered a garbage dump is now a place of beauty that people want to visit. But it must be kept this way. Environment TOBAGO is now proposing to turn Kilgwyn into a nature reserve to protect it from further damage.
KILGWYN WETLANDS AS A NATURE RESERVE?
Now the garbage has gone Kilgwyn is once again a beautiful place to visit. Red and black mangrove dominate the swamp and already preliminary trails have been created to allow the visitor access through the swamp to the beach.
Prop roots of a red mangrove tree
Boat rides will allow visitors close up experiences of wildlife.
2. KEEP A CLEAN SCHOOL COMPETITION
Children from North Regional SDA march through the streets of Mason Hall to raise awareness of garbage being dumped in nearby Sandy River.
Bon Accord Secondary School making good use of a old, abandoned water tank
The winner of best garbage bin design by Che Gordon . Made out of old plastic bottle tops
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