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Barbados Forests

Prior to the arrival of English settlers to the island in 1627, Barbados was heavily forested. While deforestation got off to a gradual start, the explosion of the sugar industry triggered widespread land clearance for numerous sugar plantations.

Fortunately, pockets of these once-forested regions have managed to endure the test of time. Even more encouraging is that dedicated reforestation initiatives are currently in progress! Let's explore these resilient areas...

Coco Hill Forest

Coco Hill Forest covers 53 acres in the central-eastern area of the island. It is a guiding light in the preservation and restoration of Barbados' natural environment. Here you're invited to connect with nature, learn about forest conservation, discover native flora and fauna, and see the island from a whole new perspective.

Trail at Coco Hill Forest
Trail at Coco Hill Forest

Coco Hill Forest focuses on replanting and restoring native trees and vegetation. They are dedicated to sustainable land management practices, promoting eco-friendly agriculture.

Hit the trails on a self-guided walking tour exploring at your own pace, or book a guided tour for more in-depth information and insights.

🌳 Explore Coco Hill Forest

Grenade Hall Forest

Grenade Hall Forest is part of a dual attraction with the ajoining Barbados Wildlife Reserve. As you explore the forest you can see green monkeys, explore a historic Signal Station, and walk through an intriguing cave!

Meandering trails and a green monkey within Grenade Hall
Trails and monkey in Grenade Hall

Signage throughout the forest reveals the its history, flora, and fauna including traditional medicinal use of many of the plants found here. The atmosphere within the forest is incredibly peaceful, and there are several benches where you can relax and enjoy the serenity.

🐒 Explore Grenade Hall Forest

Welchman Hall Gully

Barbados is dotted with numerous "gullies", ravines carved out by the forces of nature. These gullies provide habitats for a wide variety of plants, trees and animals. Traditionally they also served as pathways across the island (before modern road networks) and a refuge from hurricanes by the indigenous people of the island.

Well-maintained pathway within Welchman Hall Gully with lush trees on either side
Well-maintained pathway within Welchman Hall Gully

Exlporing Welchman Hall Gully gives unique insight into the geological and botanical wonders of Barbados. Traversing the well-maintained pathways you'll see how gullies are formed from collapses of natural caves, and be introduced to a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubs.

🌿 Explore Welchman Hall Gully

Benefits of Reforestation

✔️ reduced soil erosion and land slippage
✔️ increased biodiversity
✔️ creation of spaces for relaxation and exercise
✔️ improved water quality

Hike With A Local Guide

Looking up along a tree trunk towards the tree's palm leaves
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