The Forestry Department has launched an Urban Trees Product Line in an effort to expand opportunities for Jamaicans, especially in urban spaces with little or no space to participate in tree planting.
The product line was launched on Friday, October 1, 2021, during the National Tree Planting Day ceremony which was held at the Agency’s Head Office and streamed on social media.
Mr. Ainsley Henry, CEO & Conservator of Forests describes the line as ideal for apartment and townhouse dwellers as well as persons who want smaller trees in their spaces. He adds that the products allow these persons to contribute to efforts to improve and restore our environment.
“Everyone can contribute to restoration by planting as many trees as you can in as many places as you can, even if you only have a balcony or space on your roof. The addition of these trees to your spaces will ultimately result in improved air and water quality, improved biodiversity, and significant ecological resilience and productivity,” he said.
Mr. Henry also indicated that the tree planting effort, in urban spaces can also contribute to the COVID-19 recovery effort. “If done properly, tree planting and forest restoration can be a critical part of the global thrust to build back better post the Covid-19 pandemic and to achieve a net zero carbon world,” he said.
The products available in this line are primarily miniature fruit and ornamental trees. Various fruit trees are available such as June Plum, Fig and Mulberry and range in price from $2,000-$5,000. Potted ornamental trees available include the Aralia Ming, Desert Rose, Areca Palms, Foxtail Palms, Washingtonian Fan Palms, Christmas Palms, Sago Palms, and the Cupressus with prices starting at $1,000.
Mr. Henry notes that the customer response to the products has been tremendous and that the Agency is already eyeing expansion of the line. “We are already looking at expanding the quantity and variety of trees available and should have additional products available in the new year,” he said.
Interested customers may contact the Forestry Department for more information and updates about the products.