Fort George gets a makeover

| 23/04/2013

fort-george_0.gif(CNS): Fort George will get a makeover when the National Trust begins improvements works on the historic site this week. Works will include the construction of a large mural wall at the back of the property interpreting the sea view that was historically seen from that location, along with installation of native landscaping and interpretive signage. The site will also saying goodbye to a large mahoe tree, which we be removed after having been deemed ‘problematic.’ The tree’s condition continues to deteriorate as vagrants have been using it as a toilet facility. Native plants will be put in place to add some local flavour to the standard landscaping design, and to improve the ecological value of the site.

Fort George has been tied to stories of early settlement, defense, the militia and Cayman during World War 2. Once facing demolition, its survival tells of the challenges and consequences of increasing development in the 20th Century.

“The Trust remains committed to supporting and improving the conditions of Fort George. Putting in place Cayman Island’s rare, endemic and culturally native plants only add to the rich history and improvements of the site,” said National Trust General Manager, Christina McTaggart. She adds, “We wish to extend special thanks to Walkers Charitable Foundation for making these important improvements possible.”

The National Trust has apologised for inconvenience caused by the works, and invited any concerned parties to call on 749-1121.

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