Botanic Gardens not sold to anyone, Dominica govt clears confusion

The Government of Dominica advised the general public that the Botanic Gardens have not been sold to any private or foreign entity.

Botanic Gardens not sold to anyone, Dominica govt clears confusion
Botanic Gardens not sold to anyone, Dominica govt clears confusion

Roseau, Dominica: The Government of Dominica advised the general public that the Botanic Gardens have not been sold to any private or foreign entity.

The Government has also not entered into any agreement to develop a golf course or any other project at the Gardens.

In an official release, the Government of Dominica said that they are aware of a rumour circulating via radio talk shows and social media falsely claiming that the Botanic Gardens has been sold to a foreign buyer for the development of a golf course.

The Government has further informed the public that proposed plans for the development of the Botanic Gardens being shared via social media were generated four years ago and were not considered or approved by the Government of Dominica.

There is absolutely no truth behind rumours circulating about the sale of the Botanic Gardens. Photos of a conceptual proposal currently being circulated are from several years ago, and Government in no way accepted or approved this project.

Created in 1889, Dominica Botanic Gardens were formed from a former sugar plantation, the Bath estate. It was owned by Charles Davies.

It is located in the capital of Roseau. Botanists from Kew Gardens supplied tropical species to Roseau collected from all over the world. It was once known as one of the finest botanical gardens in the region. 

During Hurricane David in 1979, Botanic Gardens faced severe damage and caused fallout in the gardens. 

After that, the gardens had gone restorations while turning their focus on the cultural life in Roseau. It is also known as the centre of conservation research in Dominica. Its once lush landscape is unrecognizable today.

However, just because the landscape changes doesn’t mean the history does. Preserving the Gardens so people will have a connection to their past is imperative. 

Sites such as the Botanic Gardens help bridge the gap between generations. Every effort should be made to protect these heritage sites and prevent them from being destroyed by those who have zero interest in their history and culture.