Following the passage of Hurricane Maria in the night from Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2017 not only houses, roads, entire plantations and villages have been badly damaged or destroyed but also Dominica's natural sites and hiking trails.
In an effort to help clear, restore and rehabilitate the only long distance hiking trail in the Caribbean, the 185km long Waitukubuli National Trail, a community tourism project, we at The Tamarind Tree have adopted seg. 11. In collaboration with the Forestry Division and the Waitukubuli National Trail Management Unit we are clearing, restoring and rehabilitating this segment.
On November 4, 2018 The Tamarind Tree Hotel & Restaurant in Dominica, W.I. was awarded with the British Guild of Travel Writers BGTW Annual Tourism Award for Best Tourism Project in the Wider World Category for our project “Clearance and Restoration of Segment 11 of the Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) in Dominica.
This award winning project is part of the VolunTourism (Volunteer Tourism) initiatives to help Dominica's people, nature, agriculture and tourism industry to recover as fast as possible.
Interested visitors can actively participate in the clean up and rehabilitation works on seg. 11 and at the same time learn a lot about the flora, fauna and the forest.
Two young Dominicans are employed in the project after having successfully completed a professional chain saw operating training.
Up to date we have cleared about 4,5 kms of the total 13 kms. It is a gigantic task and the funds raised have long been spent. Nevertheless we have continued but in order to accomplish the entire segment and maintain it in the future we depend on more donations.
The target amount will enable us to go on for at least one year, paying salaries, expenses and maintenance of the chain saws and brush cutters and start regular maintenance of "our" segment.
With your donation you will help to bring back a portion of the most important land based tourism attraction in Dominica, The Nature Isle of the Caribbean! Thank You!