Sandy Bay Beach is being transformed into a tourist attraction site. While the beach will not end up being covered with white sand and the sea is not safe for swimming, the area has many interesting features to offer. These include fortifications, interesting walks, geological aspects and spectacular scenery. Now, trees are to be planted at the back to create shade and to help beautify the area.
This is part of the Sandy Bay Beach Development Project, which is an on going work in progress.
Pamela Young, Director of Tourism said that jacaranda, evergreen, bougainvillea, hibiscus and other shrubbery will be planted in the area. Already holes have been dug and filled with topsoil in readiness for planting. About 25 trees are to be grown in total and since they will be in a rather dry spot they will have to be watered on a regular basis.
It is planned to use the surplus irrigation water in lower Sandy Bay, which will be brought in by an irrigation pipeline. Survey work will now take place so that the pipes can be laid and the trees planted. Funding for this part of the project comes from the United Nations Development Programme.
In speaking about this new development Pamela said: "we are looking forward to the trees being planted." She went on to say that she hopes "that, as a community, we will all do our bit to care for the trees."
It is also in the plans to include facilities on the beach for people to use for outdoor cooking, and the toilets are to be restored.
Public Relations/Information Office
Office of the Chief Secretary
3 December 2003