President Paula-Mae Weekes has made her first official visit to The University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus since she became president.
Weekes visited the institution yesterday morning on the occasion of the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago.
The event was timely as the campus joined with the international community in celebrating World Biodiversity Day, and marked the occasion with the ceremonial planting of two trees.
The Herbarium is the campus' oldest research institute.
Dedicated men and women work within its walls to maintain an archival collection of Trinidad and Tobago’s indigenous and exotic plants with earliest specimens dating from 1842.
The amazing collection now numbers more than 70,000 specimens and is continuously expanding. In his remarks, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland thanked Her Excellency for her support, which he called "a small example of ecological innovation".
Also on the programme was featured speaker Professor Emeritus E. Julian Duncan (Botany) and Professor Howard Griffiths, Professor of Plant Ecology, University of Cambridge.
Acting British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Caroline Alcock was invited to install a tree label on the campus grounds.
Senator Avinash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries was also in attendance.