Kooyman Plants Trees to commemorate new Barbadian employees

Kooyman Megastore is contributing to the Barbados landscape – literally – by planting 20 trees in tandem with the first 20 Barbadian Kooyman employees hired. In a gesture, which also acts to beautify the country, the company indicated their plans to plant more trees for each employee hired, estimating that it will have approximately 120 employees when it reaches full operation.

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Kooyman staff (from left) Ashley Dear-Barnett, supervisor, Rickie Neblett, pro-service officer, Jacqueline Proverbs-Harper, supervisor, Maartje van der Maas, project manager, Ian Andrew Priddee, supervisor and Terri Nicholls, assistant store manager joined Future Centre Trust volunteers, Gladstone Pompey, Barney Gibbs and Gregory Lima to plant 20 trees. The trees to mark the first 20 members of staff hired by the store.

The home improvement store, which is set to open in the first quarter of 2020, at it’s Kendal Hill location, partnered with the Future Centre Trust supporting the The Future Trees program.

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Kooyman supervisor Ashley Dear-Barnett (right) planting one of the 20 trees planted by Kooyman Megastore on the highway, with volunteers representing Future Centre Trust Gladstone Pompey and Gregory Lima.

Five of the new Kooyman supervisors joined with volunteers for Future Centre Trust to plant the trees, which include palm trees on the ABC highway. In the future the company will also plant fruit trees in the neighborhoods near Kooyman.

CEO Herbert van der Woude said of the effort “The planting of these trees is more than symbolic, they signify our plan to grow in Barbados with the public, beautifying Barbados and contributing to the comfort of Barbadians.”

Mr. van der Woude added, “The effects of climate change are being felt in all islands across the Caribbean and Kooyman in four, soon to be five islands, cannot ignore that. Scientists say that trees can have a far-reaching effect in stemming climate change by removing huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, our commitment to these trees and more in the future is part of that effort.”

The Future Trees program was established by the Future Centre Trust to help reduce the impact of climate change and to beautify Barbados, by encouraging Barbadians and visitors to leave a gift to future generations by planting a tree. The program has planted over 3,000 trees across Barbados to date.

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