This year, the National Trust for the Cayman Islands (NTCI) is celebrating its 35th anniversary and as such will be holding a special National Trust week during which time the public will be invited to join in with events and celebrations to mark this special milestone in its history.
The NTCI was established in 1987 as a non-profit organisation to preserve natural environments and places of historic significance for present and future generations of the Cayman Islands. The NTCI extends a heartfelt appreciation and deep gratitude to all of its members, donors, corporate sponsors and supporters internationally and locally over the last 35 years.
It is via the generous donations and dedicated support they have received during this time that has given the National Trust the ability to act as custodians of ecologically sensitive habitats, the endemic blue iguana and historical sites significant to Cayman’s unique heritage, they said. The NTCI took great pride in having the privilege to educate schools and the community about their vital work carried out across the three islands, they added.
The organisation continued to safeguard 12 historical sites (as well as the Clayton Nixon home which currently stands on the grounds of Mission House) and 13 environmental properties on all three islands. In addition, the newly renovated Blue Iguana Conservation Facility, features semi-wild habitats to home a healthy population of blue iguanas, that were once on the brink of extinction.
Chairman for the National Trust, Olson Anderson, stated: “The National Trust looks forward to more incredible work throughout all of our programmes in the new year. Some of our notable achievements from 2021 included the launch of our Youth Stewardship Programme, International Blue Iguana Day, purchasing critical habitat in Little Cayman and Grand Cayman and updating our Heritage Registry. We are inspired by our past and encouraged by our future, as we carry on our legacy.”