In 2017, the exciting process of planting out our high value orchard species will begin. Over the past two years, we have been collecting species from around the world and around Barbados, and we started growing them out in pots in our nursery. These fruit crops will be planted and maintained for high volume yields, and will contribute to the local, organic food movement. The process of extracting sand will be completed during the dry season of this year, and so, the last areas to begin the process of re-vegetation shall be earth-worked and planted. At the end of 2017, the entire reserve will be on the path to ecological regeneration.
As we can see in the map above, the dry season (January – June) is focused on maintaining existing planting from the previous year. All the areas ringed in yellow will need to be cared for and maintained through the dry season. The Entrance Plots, Mid Lake 1-2 and South Lake 1 will need to be graded and shaped for the final grade, including an important earth-working measure for providing overflow for the lake system in the event of 100-year rainfall events. As the rainy season draws closer, the area in red will need to continue being maintained and cared for to ensure that the pioneer species thrive. The area in brown around South Lake and Sand Hill will start to undergo the process of being planted with long term species, namely, orchard trees and native forest trees respectively.
Dry Season 2017
- All the pioneer establishments that were planted in the previous two years will need to be maintained during the dry season.
- The rotational grazing of the pasture area will continue during this time as well.
- There will be a lot of ongoing work in the nursery during the dry season as preparations are being made for the planting that will be taking place this upcoming rainy season as well as the next.
- X5, X4, NL9, NL8, ML1, ML2, SL1
- The extraction process wraps up prior to the end of this dry season, and so sculpting these areas to their final grades, laying access paths and creating the desired texture of the landscape, will be important during this time.
- ML2, SL1
- Earthworks will be conducted in these areas to drop the level of the road and create an extreme weather event water evacuation overflow.
- Dune Restoration on DR2 should continue to proceed along the lines laid out in the Dune Restoration Pattern Document.
Rainy Season 2017
- The pioneer planting phase will start in all the green areas above.
- The Permaculture Orchard Pattern will start on SL2, SL3, SL4, TP5 (The Hole) and SHB.
- The native species phase of the Extreme Slope Pattern will be started on SH1.
Many different planting patterns will be utilized this rainy season. Depending on the specific plot, one or more patterns may apply, and the reasons for this varies. The planting patterns are:
- The Permaculture Orchard Pattern
- The Extreme Slope Planting Pattern
- The Heavy Slope Planting Pattern
- The Dune Restoration Pattern
- The Wetlands Conservation Pattern
- The Aquaculture Patterns
- The Entrance Way Pattern
Each plot will continue with the process laid out for them with respect to these planting patterns. This may mean pioneer planting, orchard planting, native tree species establishment, rotational grazing or conservation efforts.