St Helena: preserved for future generations
Last Friday a crowd gathered in the clouds to hear Governor Mark Capes announce the re-launch of Peaks National Park, now as part of the National Conservation Areas. It was a fitting contribution to World Tourism Day, one which will continue to make St Helena stand out as a truly special destination.
Around 17 years ago, there was much interest in the endangered tree fern on Diana’s Peak. It was also recognised that the area held great potential for botanical tourism and that it was an important water catchment area. An important point as the theme for World Tourism Day 2013 is ‘tourism and water: protecting our common future’.
It wasn’t long before the area around Diana’s Peak became St Helena’s first National Park. Since then much hard work has been done to preserve the tree fern and other endangered species by removing the destructive invasives, most notably the New Zealand flax plant.
Standing at the top of Peaks National Park, Governor Mark Capes said, “Our thanks to the Nature Conservation Group, to the National Trust and to all those who have worked so hard to care for St Helena’s environment. Today, World Tourism Day, as we prepare for the arrival of air access, just over two short years away, it is right that we should raise awareness of the priceless asset we have in St Helena’s natural beauty and take steps to ensure that we preserve it for the generations to come.”
St Helena’s natural beauty should be preserved for future generations, in what is an untouched piece of the world.