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New eco tourism attraction unveiled in St Kitts

A new tourist attraction was officially opened to visitors this week on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. The new eco-park, launched by the island's prime minister, boasts the Caribbean's largest greenhouse, as well as tropical landscaped grounds breathing new life into land that was once stripped for sugar cane fields.

New eco tourism attraction unveiled in St Kitts

A new tropical eco-park was officially opened on the Caribbean island of St Kitts this week by the island’s Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. St Kitts’ newest tourism attraction features a 24-metre tall 1,300-square-metre greenhouse, said to be the largest in the Caribbean, surrounded by lush green grounds revitalising land that was once abandoned sugar cane fields.

The scenic park overlooks the ocean at Sir Gillies Estate on the north-west of the island with Mount Liamuiga as its backdrop. It incorporates elements of agro-tourism, nurturing a cornucopia of local herbs, flowers, crops and other plants along with an array of tropical fruit trees. There are also several natural attractions, a cafe and buildings housing visitor’s facilities.

Stone walkways lead through landscaped grounds that have undergone an extensive two-year planting programme, part of the island’s vision to transform its rural landscape. The project aims to bring back some of the tropical vegetation that once clothed the island before colonialists stripped it back to make way for sugar plantations.

The island’s prime minister hailed the eco-park as a striking transformation of the former cane fields near Sandy Point. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Douglas said,

"Can there be any more radical change than the children and grandchildren of sugar cane workers mounting an exquisite art exhibit, on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, right here on former cane-lands."

The eco-park was inspired by a similar project in Taiwan, which St Kitts’ prime minister visited in 2008, and the Taiwanese government has helped in its development.

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