A team from the United Kingdom-based Royal Botanic Gardens Kew are currently providing specialist assistance to replant vegetation in the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens.
The four-acre garden located in Road Town was completely ravaged by the hurricanes last September.
“They are here to help us in a number of ways but specifically as it pertains to the botanic gardens,” said Minister of Natural Resources, Dr Kedrick Pickering.
He made the announcement this week at a public meeting on the proposed recovery plan for the British Virgin Islands.
According to the minister, the team will be replanting what he described as rare plant species that are ‘more resilient’ to future disasters.
“That is a very exciting prospect for us,” he said.
Dr Pickering said he is also hoping to access additional funding to bring the garden back to its former glory.
He did not specify the amount he is hoping to receive.
Based on government’s proposed Recovery and Development Plan, $8.45 million will be allocated to restore and develop national parks across the territory.
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