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The Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) invited participants from the Youth Climate Summit, to plant native trees on Trunk Island. The are shown on a tour of Trunk Island (Photograph supplied)

Native and endemic trees were planted by people who were involved in Bermuda’s first Youth Climate Summit.

The group was invited by the Bermuda Zoological Society to its living classroom at Trunk Island.

A BZS spokeswoman said: “Under the careful guidance of Trevor Rawson, the BZS Trunk Island project coordinator, the participants were able to plant 30 native and endemic trees – teaching them the importance of placing trees and shrubs in a newly graded and exposed coastal environment.”

Six people who took part in the summit last November were invited to the island last week. Also in attendance was Rosemarie McMahon, the consulting director of the Youth Climate Initiative, which is organised by the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

The Bermuda Zoological Society invited participants from the Youth Climate Summit to plant native trees on Trunk Island. Trevor Rawson shows the participants the future Mangrove habitat site (Photograph supplied)

The BZS spokeswoman explained: “As part of the YCS participants’ learning experience on Saturday, Mr Rawson led a tour of Trunk Island’s conservation efforts – including the progress that has been made to date with the sites for the new red and black mangrove exhibits.

“The tour continued through the dense Bermuda palmetto forest, estimated to be more than 200 years old and a great example of what Bermuda looked like centuries ago.”

She added: “For the past six years, volunteers and students have been following the guidance of Dr David Wingate to establish Trunk Island as a living classroom, using the Trunk Island management plan as their guide.

“This plan is part of a larger goal to use Trunk Island as a natural history education outreach site, which will help all visitors to the island understand the vital ecosystems, inspire an appreciation of our natural environment, and encourage future generations to become stewards of the natural world.”

The Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) invited participants from the Youth Climate Summit, to plant native trees on Trunk Island. Participants are shown the Palmetto forest (Photograph supplied)
The Bermuda Zoological Society invited participants from the Youth Climate Summit to plant native trees on Trunk Island. Participants are shown planting native trees along the coast (Photograph supplied)
Youth Climate Summit participants arrive on Trunk Island after being invited by the Bermuda Zoological Society to plant native trees (Photograph supplied)
The Bermuda Zoological Society invited participants from the Youth Climate Summit to plant native trees on Trunk Island. Here, Trevor Rawson shows the participants the plant nursery on Trunk Island (Photograph supplied)

To learn more about the Bermuda Zoological Society or get involved, e-mail info@bzs.bm.

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Published May 09, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated May 09, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Young climate activists plant trees on Trunk Island

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