Trees of Jamaica (and I Need More Education)

I missed out on International Day of Forests this year (it was March 21). I love trees, and I love taking photos of them, so I thought I would pay a little photographic tribute to these incredible living beings (well, that is how I see them). Please see a gallery of a few of my photos below – the island’s trees, in all their rich diversity.

I have to confess that I am not at all good at identifying trees (unless they’re a bearing fruit tree, of course!) So it seems appropriate that this year’s theme is “Trees and Education.” I need to educate myself! As you can see from my captions, there are major gaps in my knowledge. And here are some messages from the day, to keep in mind:


  • Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future. Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030.
  • You’re never too young to start learning about trees. Helping children connect with nature creates future generations conscious of the benefits of trees and forests and the need to manage them sustainably.
  • Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy. While foresters should know and understand nature well, they should also learn to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that our forests are monitored and managed sustainably.
  • Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better. Countries can help ensure there are scientists, policymakers, foresters and local communities working to halt deforestation and restore degraded landscapes.
  • Women and men should have equal access to forest education. Gender parity in forest education empowers rural women to sustainably manage forests.

8 thoughts on “Trees of Jamaica (and I Need More Education)

  1. I have a similar problem in Ecuador where there are soooo many different species — without a guidebook/books, how does one start to figure out the many options? Today I saw a really lovely tree – tall and stout and stretching for the stars. it’s a wonder that the owner hasn’t harvested it for its timber, as almost everything else was scalped. perhaps someone in the family planted the tree a zillion years ago? after i passed the tree, i pondered turning around and returning just to get out and touch it – acknowledge that it was lovely – then resume my drive.

    That image of the cotton tree/ceiba was especially lovely!

    i arrived in the cloud forest of mindo around dark (raining raining raining) and will have internet for about four days – yay – i might catch up just a bit!

    more soon!


    1. It’s always so lovely to hear from you Lisa, and enjoy your four days of Internet! The same thing happens here – many of the old hardwood trees are cut down, our birthright stolen. I especially love cotton trees – they have all kinds of superstitions around them and therefore often manage to survive. The Cloud Forest of Mindo! I have seen photos of that and it sounds magical. I suppose it wouldn’t be a cloud forest without rain. Enjoy it all!


      1. “…our birthright stolen” – so true. I look forward to presenting my concerns in the next exposition.

        Rains continue, and I also proceed with the ‘repair’ of the mural… it’s easy to paint when the climate is rainy and quite chilly!


  2. Much as we should love and preserve trees in forests or whatever natural settings, we also need to preserve the balance trees create in developed spaces, ie towns and cities. Some of us have been pressing Mayor Williams on this with regard to Kingston, eg how a city filled with Poui trees would be picturesque, healthful and socially and economically attractive (in many ways).


    1. I absolutely agree and as you know, on social media we have had some positive response. However, we don’t want to populate every green space with stiff little palm trees. We need native trees and yes, Pouis would be quite awesome! Flowering trees are a must. I have written at least two blogs about the deforestation of our city. For example, some time ago the site of a historic little church that had been made into a mini-park with lignum vitae trees on Old Hope Road was destroyed to create a used car lot.

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  3. Gorgeous trees, Emma. I know a lot less than you, I’m afraid – but I am in the category of ‘you’re never too old to learn about trees’. Wonderful article as usual.


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