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Exotic trees planted around cricket centre

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THE third phase of the tree-planting exercise to beautify the surroundings of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board compound at Balmain in Couva was recently completed. In attendance were president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath, first vice-president Dr Allen Sammy, and Cricket Operations Manager Dudnath Ramkeessoon along with Fizes Hosein, the brainchild behind the beautification […]

THE third phase of the tree-planting exercise to beautify the surroundings of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board compound at Balmain in Couva was recently completed.

In attendance were president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath, first vice-president Dr Allen Sammy, and Cricket Operations Manager Dudnath Ramkeessoon along with Fizes Hosein, the brainchild behind the beautification project.

And special invitees who also participated in the exercise were children from the Angels of Hope Children’s Foundation of Lange Park, Chaguanas, who are wards of the state.

TTCB president Bassarath said that the tree-planting project has been ongoing around the Alloy Lequay Administration Centre, the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre, and along the Clifford Roach Drive which is the main roadway leading into the National Cricket Centre off the Couva Main Road.

The cricket chief said that apart from beautifying the area, the progamme is in keeping with the ideals of the TTCB with regard to protection of the environment as well as promoting the values of sustainable development.

“We have been very fortunate to have scores of young people involved in the different phases of the programme and hopefully they will learn about the different ways trees can contribute to our living space and emphasise the need for more greenery in our surroundings,” said Bassarath.

He especially thanked Hosein, a construction project manager who has been involved in tree-planting projects around the country for the past 40 years and is still engaged with national organisations, and religious and community groups to   promote environmental awareness and beautification.

Hosein, said that the exotic fruit and shade trees are not only pleasant to look at in full bloom but also provide sustainance when they reach maturity for visitors to the NCC throughout the year.

He was especially proud of the yellow flamboyant tree which he said was the first of its kind to be planted locally and will join its orange and red subspecies in the rich and varied inventory of the spectacular flora of Trinidad and Tobago.

Among the other trees which were planted on the compound of the Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre were pink poui, West Indian cherry, chataigne, and Spanish pomerac.

Hosein said that apart from beautifying the surroundings of the National Cricket Centre, the trees will provide shade and sumptious fruit on maturity for visitors to the cricket facility.

The well-known agriculturist had specially invited the childred of the Angels of Hope who were acconpanied by founder Tricia Maharaj and her husband Jason. The youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the outing and were given an open invitation by Ramkessoon to return whenever they wished.

However founder Maharaj said the home and its inmates faced innumerable challenges and it was a daily struggle to provide an acceptable quality of life for the children who have had to endure so much in their short lives.

Maharaj said financial constraints have forced her to turn to the public and private sector for donations of cash, food, clothing along with baby supplies which she said will go a long way in helping them live a normal life.

Anyone interested in making a contribution to the home can contact Maharaj at 225-8320 or 388-5201.

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