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The EU Delegation joined the Citizens for Conservation, in celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Queens Park Savannah. Ambassador Biesebroek joined the Minister of Agriculture, the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, the Mayor of Port of Spain, Mr Joel Martinez, other members of the diplomatic corps and volunteers from various other organizations, to plant 50 trees in an effort to revitalize this much loved and well renowned landmark in the heart of Port of Spain.
The Queens Park Savannah is the city's largest open space. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest roundabout in the world, it was once a sugar estate, but on August 18th, 1817, it was purchased by the Government of the time from the Pechier family. Today, the Savannah is a centre of sport and recreation and serves as ground zero for the annual Carnival and other cultural celebrations.
Over the years, many trees have been lost due to aging and many have had to be cut down for safety reasons. The replanting of new trees ensures that not only would the beauty of this vital space maintained for generations to come, but also that as the 'lungs' of the city playing a vital role in controlling air pollution, the health of citizens and the many birds and other native species, can be better preserved.
The EU Delegation is fortunate to have its office located on the western side of this majestic park and was proud to have played this small part in its conservation.