Deputy Governor General, Premier of Nevis Plant Ornamentals for Commonwealth Day 2022

Charlestown, Nevis, March 14, 2022 (Nevis Island Administration) — Her Honour Hyleeta Liburd, Deputy Governor-General on Nevis and Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis planted ornamental plants at Government House on March 14, 2022, a symbolic gesture to mark the annual Commonwealth Day celebration.

Commonwealth Day 2022 was celebrated among the 54 member countries of the Commonwealth with the theme “Delivering A Common Future.” In a brief comment, the Deputy Governor-General said the gesture was in keeping with the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

“We planted these trees in commemoration of the Platinum Jubilee 2022. We are happy for the Queen and all she has done. So we just want to celebrate her and we have these trees to mark the commemoration of that 70 years,” she said.

In addition, Mr. Brantley spoke of the significance of the tree planting in celebration of the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

“This is part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative and it is of course our own way of commemorating this significant milestone.

“Queen Elizabeth II is obviously the titular head of Government, our Head of State, as we continue to be a constitutional monarchy in terms of our governance structure. She is represented here by the Governor-General and of course in Nevis by our Deputy Governor-General, and so it was fitting to plant these trees here on the grounds of the Government House,” he said.

Her Honour planted a pink poui, while Mr. Brantley planted another ornamental plant. The pink poui was chosen as the main ornamental plant to be installed by Her Majesty’s representatives in the Federation because of its rare beauty and splendid bloom of pink flowers, a colour for which Her Majesty has a notable affinity.

The tree-planting at Government House in Nevis was the first in what the Premier’s Ministry says will be a total of six locations in Nevis, leading up to June 02, 2022, the date which marks the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The seven trees are being planted in honour of each decade of Her Majesty’s reign.

The 54 member countries of the Commonwealth are expected to work towards achieving goals including combatting climate change.  Making a positive impact on climate change is also an aim of the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative which forms part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

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