Vunivau villagers begin work to establish eco-park

Vunivau Village landowner Isoa Baleirotuma plants a Dawa tree. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

VILLAGERS of Vunivau Village outside Labasa Town began their long-term dream of establishing a tourism Eco park following a tree planting exercise yesterday.
In partnership with the Ministry of Forests, the village had set aside six acres of land for the initiative.
Village headman Isoa Baleirotuma said the long-term plan was to develop a park for recreational activities.
“As the only landowning unit situated close to Labasa Town with forest trees, we decided to venture into the park project for tourism purposes,” Mr Baleirotuma said.
“The trees we planted with the personnel from the ministry are Dawa trees, a species that has been wiped out from our forests.
“We are working with the ministry in replanting the six-acre piece of land for our children and for those that love nature.
“It is a worthwhile program since the ministry has been highlighting to us the importance of managing our forests well.”
A team from the ministry led by the conservator of Forests, Sanjana Lal, and villagers planted native tree species in the earmarked piece of land.