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The National Trust will be clearing the green space in front of Cheshire Hall Plantation on the 18th Jan (Saturday) from 6:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Altogether, we are one big community loving and protecting our heritage.

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The nominations are in and the Turks and Caicos Islands has received 8 nominations for the 27th annual World Travel Awards – the most prestigious honours programme in global travel and tourism:

Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination 2020

Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020

Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2020

Caribbean’s Leading Dive Destination 2020

Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2020

Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2020

Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board 2020

Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination 2020

Voting for the Caribbean awards is now open and closes at midnight on 10th January 2020. Please visit to cast your vote for the Turks and Caicos Islands in all of the above categories and help us to win the ultimate travel excellence accolade.

The 27th annual World Travel Awards will take place on January 20, 2020 at Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau, Bahamas.

Who wins? You decide! Cast your vote in the annual World Travel Awards.


Vote in the annual World Travel Awards

Who wins? You decide! Cast your vote in the annual World Travel Awards.

Who wins? You decide! Cast your vote in the annual World Travel Awards.

On December 6th, staff of TCNT and DECR, spent the day monitoring birds at Wheeland Pond wetlands. As part of the Darwin+ funded “Restoring and Safeguarding the Wetlands of the Caribbean” both organizations are tasked with counting and monitoring trends in our bird populations, resident and migratory.

Spotted birds were Black-necked stilt, white-cheeked pintail, common ground dove, northern mockingbird, spotted sandpiper, green heron, little blue heron – all frolicking at Wheeland Pond.

We must protect our environment, our wildlife, our wetlands, our heritage.

Kimcha Village owners has partnered with the Turks and Caicios National Trust for the Darwin+ funded “Safeguarding and Restoring the Wetlands of the Caribbean Project”.

Your insight and education about our Wheeland Ponds and wetlands are empowering. Students from Clement Howell Environment Club and Tourism Club, came with many questions and were educated about the effects of “sand mining” “dumping” and other adverse actions have on the environment.

#immerseactioneducation #fieldtrips #conservation #restoration, #partnering #lessonourcarbonfootprints

Successful display of Jobs in Tourism by the Tourist Board and Turks and Caicos Community College. TCNT was invited to be a part of this very interactive and informative session, geared at showing our youths the varying and very diverse jobs in the field of tourism. #ownership #empowerment #education #conservation #restoration

The team at TCNT, visited schools around Providenciales this week, educating our students about the dangers facing our WETLANDS. Staying true to our mission and responsibility to the Turks and Caicos Islands, TCNT has partnered with the DECR, and international organisation RSPB on the Darwin+funded “Restoring and Safeguarding the Wetlands of the Caribbean Project”. Our very own Wheeland Pond is the focus of this initiative here on Provo.

The Turks & Caicos National Trust supports the Turks & Caicos International Film Festival…

A booth is set up at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre… informational and interactive!TCNT’s Wheeland Pond Restoration Project public awareness team, educating our youth about the dangers facing the wetlands of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

THE TURKS and Caicos National Trust has published an illustrated children’s book aimed at educating youngsters on native wildlife.

The launch of the colourful book took place at Providenciales Library in Downtown Providenciales on Wednesday morning (November 6).

During the event, representatives from the National Trust and local environmentalists said the books will supplement curriculum content in schools.

They added that they will also encourage children to have a deeper sense of appreciation for and commitment to the country’s heritage.

The book ‘Sarai Saves the Cay’ features an interesting story about the preservation of the endemic rock iguanas and their habitat, with vibrant eye-catching illustration.

Author Nadidja Parker said the book simplifies the conservation of iguanas for children, to help spread awareness about protecting the species.

“I got the opportunity to go to Little Water Cay and have some background information into the project, what type of research they had.

“That kind of helped my process of writing and directed it in a way that I can simplify for the kids we’re writing to.”

She said she thought back to when she was a young girl and what she liked to read, adding: “I just wanted something that I would like to read myself.

“I feel like everyone can enjoy part of the environment, whether it’s the sunset, trees…nature and I feel like it’s so important for us to respect it and do what we can to protect it, especially in a world where we have global issues like rising sea levels and climate change – we have species of animals going extinct.

“So I think it’s really important for us to do our part in little Turks and Caicos Islands, especially to protect what we have.

“So much of what makes us unique and what makes us marketable is our environment and our nature,” Parker said.

The book which breaks down the ‘dos and don’ts’ for visitors who travel to Little Water Cay was illustrated by Alizee Zimmermann.

Little Water Cay is an interesting tourist attraction and one of the TCI’s prime nature reserves.

This small island or cay is home to the few remaining rock iguanas that used to cover most of the islands in the TCI.

Zimmermann said illustrating a children’s book was a new and exciting challenge for her.

“I thought about a few different styles and I started going with one style that was much more realistic and complex.

“I thought for kids, no. Bright pops of colours, really bold lines and that’s kind of how it came about.”

‘Sarai Saves the Cay’ is now available for purchase at the TCI National Trust office in Grace Bay, Providenciales.

A second book ‘Our Land, Our Sea, Our People’ discusses the environment, people, the national parks and culture.

At the launch a man-sized iguana mascot entertained school children in attendance.

By Olivia Rose/ TC Weekly News/ Nov. 9, 2019 issue

In moving forward with its thrust on providing educational tools and materials to our country’s academic institutions, the Turks & Caicos National Trust is happy to announce the launch of different publications that aim to supplement current curriculum content in schools as well as encourage children to have a deeper sense of appreciation and commitment to our country’s heritage.

The book Sarai Saves the Cay features an interesting story about the preservation of our endemic iguanas and their habitat, with stunning illustration. The Our Land, Our Sea, Our People workbooks contain vital information that could well supplement your school’s Science and Social Studies curriculum.

The event was held at Providenciales Library, in Downtown, Providenciales, on November 6th, 2019.

*the books are available for purchase at the Turks & Caicos National Trust office in Grace Bay.

ABOUT 25 guests from Beaches Turks and Caicos joined the TCI National Trust and Sandals Foundation in planting 100 mangroves at Little Water Cay.

The initiative was part of several environmental awareness activities held in association with the resort’s recent event ‘Social Media on the Sand’.

Heidi Clarke, executive director of Sandals Foundation, said she was delighted to have the visitors take part in the environmental conservation activity Saturday, October 19.

“We are super excited to have our moms and influencers join us as we work to increase the mangrove coverage along the coastline in the TCI,” she said in an October 30 statement.

“Over the years, a major focus of our environmental work has been in marine and coastal protection and conservation.

“We welcome all guests to share in these projects as we strive to positively impact the precious environment upon which we rely.”

Mangroves are a great network of filters to purify water sources, they are a strong defence mechanism against storm surges, flood and wind and are home to juvenile fish, crab, shrimp and mollusc species.

Speaking at the planting exercise, Winema Sanders Penn, Director of the TCI National Trust encouraged more people to join the conservation efforts by planting mangroves.

“Mangroves are amazing for protecting our coastline, ensuring our environment is safe for future generations,” she said.

“We encourage everyone to go out and plant some mangroves, and if you do not know how to, come down to the National Trust and we will teach you.”

The recent mangrove restoration activity forms part of a wider marine conservation programme executed by the Sandals Foundation across the Caribbean.

Last year, the foundation partnered with the Grenada Fund for Conservation to plant close to 1,000 mangroves at various locations across the country.

The foundation manages two fully operational marine sanctuaries and supports five others in Jamaica.

It supports coral nursery restoration activities in St Lucia, Jamaica and the TCI as well as spearheads awareness and educational programmes in all seven countries in which it operates.