Georgetown to become ‘green city’ – set for grand return to glory as the famed ‘garden city’

Georgetown has been known as the Caribbean’s “Garden City” since the 19th century (Ian Brierley/caribbeanbeat photo)

Georgetown has been known as the Caribbean’s “Garden City” since the 19th century (Ian Brierley/caribbeanbeat photo)

Georgetown to become ‘green city’ – set for grand return to glory as the famed ‘garden city’

The patriotic passion of President David Granger has kick-started a ‘clean up the city’ drive, a day after he took office in May, and that ‘clean up’ drive has spread throughout Guyana

The patriotic passion of President David Granger has kick-started a ‘clean up the city’ drive, a day after he took office in May, and that ‘clean up’ drive has spread throughout Guyana.

Following a meeting with President David Granger this past week over his ‘Green’ vision for Guyana, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has not only embarked on the restoration of the renowned “Garden City,” but is doing this within an eco-friendly, green-environment framework.  

This is according to Town Clerk Royston King who, on Friday last, laid out an elaborate plan for citizens and other stakeholders to participate in the various spheres associated with the city’s revitalisation drive. This drive involves what was deemed most important, “a vigorous education initiative to instill in citizens the necessity, and long-term benefits of a clean, green city.”

The town clerk pointed out that this new approach to the city “demands a new attitude from all citizens occupying or traversing the capital.” This is especially so, since work is currently ongoing to address matters that have caused the decay of the capital of Guyana. These include the revision of legislation related to offences and penalties, and additional regulations to ensure the continuance of what city administrators envision.

As it stands, Georgetown has been plagued by flooding due to blocked drains, canals and other waterways. The city is congested given its layout, while citizens – particularly the business community – have confiscated city alleyways, reserves and other open spaces. Overgrown bushes and grass characterise almost every inch of Georgetown, while huge buildings have risen; some not adhering to the construction or zoning rules and regulations of the Council.

“This will be no more,” King charged. “Until the requisite legislation is passed to seriously arrest acts that contribute to the city’s deterioration, we will boost enforcement of all existing laws.”

King also warned that citizens should be mindful now of how they treat the city, before indicating a “no-tolerance” policy for persons who, among other violations, arbitrarily destroy or occupy city property, and dump or cause waste to be dumped illegally.

As part of the education aspect of the green-city initiative, training and assistance programmes will be made available by the Council.

It will include information on harmful chemicals such as weedicides and poisons that negatively impact the environment. There will be programmes on recycling and composting processes among others. Information on the benefits of low-carbon strategies and the benefits of alternative energy sources will also be accessible.

A section of the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown (photo:

A section of the Botanical Gardens in Georgetown (photo:

Given the enduring value of trees, particularly in the human respiratory process, their importance would be made known to all citizens. They will be encouraged to plant more trees and to care for them. “Plant and animal life must be respected in the city,” King charged.

In relation to vagrants and homeless persons who not only contribute to the ugliness and filth within the city, moves will be made to collaborate with the relevant ministries to address this.

In the meantime, City Hall has commenced the restoration of recreational areas for public convenience. The Council said it is adamant that it wants to see its citizens living as one, lending to the concept of “cohesive communities.” “We are therefore restoring recreational parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and other social areas where the young and old can meet and talk, where uptown can meet downtown and dwell, and where all citizens are recognised only as citizens.”

The town clerk concluded that while the city is up for a grand return to glory, its citizens will also have to come up to par. He said City Hall will be making moves towards citizens’ health development, with related programmes that encourage exercise and healthy eating.

The town clerk’s passionate appeal is that citizens start now, “to wrap their minds around a new, healthier and greener Georgetown.”

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  • HermBach  On 08/28/2015 at 12:55 am

    Kudos to this humongous effort
    I hope it bears plenty of fruit and ‘flowers’ In the 60’s GTown was truly a garden city.. When i was there in 2010 it was a veritable disaster — I will not describe what I witnessed for abourb19 days — incredible decadence in the whole infrastructure
    Wish these planned efforts great success

  • de castro  On 08/28/2015 at 3:09 am

    Seldom do “grand plans” materialise but its encouraging.

    My observation on my last visit.
    Walking through stabroek market square was a “nightmare”
    Taxis cars pedestrians justling for place to walk.
    My first thought……where are the taxi bus stands/areas.
    Crazily it was everywhere.

    Pedestrianise the whole square including parliament square/demico house
    etc ……bus and taxi stands desired.

    For starters !

    The list is endless…..need I say more.!😈

  • de castro  On 08/28/2015 at 3:12 am

    Bus and taxi resited in less congested areas. Way forward.

  • fp7309  On 08/28/2015 at 9:04 am

    Its time …What’s also needed is Police upgrade to control crime. Also if the drains are not cleared there will always be flooding…Lots to be done.

  • Frank Ferreira  On 08/28/2015 at 1:48 pm

    Guyanese should and must stop the negativity that seem to be enjoyed from the verbal beatings given and offered to Guyana. It is the first time for a lonely long painful while – I am reading and hearing lots of positive endeavors happening in Guyana.
    I thought I had left Guyana but the reality is – I might of left, but the fact is Guyana never left me!
    I felt the pain now I feel the joy of a change and a happening that I always thought and dream t of.
    The resilience of Guyanese and the intelligence is now profound for me. So I say Kudos to all my fellow Guyanese that stood their ground to make today a real (now) happening. May divinity continue to guide your pathways with Peace, love, compassion and forgiveness as you all journey forward.
    Keep it up folks you all seem to be doing a job from what I read and hear and thank you also – as I do hope and look forward to reconnecting with Guyana – not only in thought and spirit (as I had been doing) but also in the physical.

  • Malcolm  On 08/28/2015 at 3:33 pm

    Excellent start but we need to enforce the law about dumping garbage etc. etc and a place to dispose of the garbage or we will be back where we started.

  • Linda  On 08/28/2015 at 6:11 pm

    Baby steps folks. Rome was not built in a day and it will take the government more than its 3 months in office to right all the wrongs. We must be patient. 22 years of negligence is a very long time. The opposition is doing what its supposed to do…..oppose everything!!!! Jagdeo needs to put a sock in it. He’s a bombastic creature who needs to realize that his days of divide and rule are over. He’s become a laughing stock as no one is listening to the great advice he’s touting to the government……advice that he should have implemented when he was able to. Stuppppsssss!!!!

  • Leslie Chin  On 08/29/2015 at 2:34 am

    Georgetown can solve their two problems, garbage and flooding, at the same time by building landfill sites. Most North American cities have landfill sites for garbage disposal. The city should use the debris collected to build a landfill mound 50-100ft high to be used for light construction later. The landfill sites will also produce methane which can be used for generating electrical power.

    • de castro  On 08/29/2015 at 3:17 am

      Nice one… must be joking…..
      Landfill sites in a city that floods frequently
      The way forward is “incineration” where energy produced is harnessed for
      direct usages. Just Google to find ways of “waste disposal”….
      Don’t even know if GT has a collection service for waste disposal.

      Sorry think again my friend…guyana 1915 or 2015 ?

  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/29/2015 at 7:47 am

    Leslie Chin is absolutely right about landfill sites. If you see a landfill site in Canada, you would not recognize it as such …. there is green grass, etc..

    That brings to mind a tragic event in the State of New York – Love Canal
    We must respect proper disposal guidelines – toxic waste is bad, to say the least.

    • de castro  On 08/29/2015 at 2:40 pm

      Sorry…..sweep it under the carpet !

      No way…

      Segregate and recycle.
      My home has two wheely bins collected weekly.
      One recyclable
      Other household

      There are amenity tips near town centre for waste where car loads are taken
      and further segregation in force…..with several areas of disposal.

      Household waste is incinerated in energy generator incinerators.
      Recycle waste sold onto recycle operators.

      Would you live next to a landfill site ?
      Most who do usually protest for its closure.
      Hazardous and stench ….especially summer.

      Hey its 2015 !

  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/29/2015 at 8:45 am

    Clean Up –

    • de castro  On 08/29/2015 at 2:48 pm

      Nice one….entertaining…..question
      HOW him gonna clean up…..?

      Repent and be saved ! Alelula !


    • Linda  On 08/29/2015 at 4:15 pm

      Clyde….there are certain situations where one size does not fit all. I agree with Compton completely.

      • de castro  On 08/29/2015 at 11:27 pm

        Hey Linda….go easy Clyde does not bark he bites.
        Love you😂

  • Rose  On 08/29/2015 at 10:46 pm

    Very nice picture of President Granger. It’s nice to finally have a President who looks Presidential instead of those two previous grease balls.

  • de castro  On 08/29/2015 at 11:11 pm

    Ha ha..”grease balls” ! Nice one Rosie hilarious laughter….
    “Oily pussy” the equivalent !…..chuckle chuckle ….
    Granger has a religious moral standing….a plus for the political class.


  •  On 08/31/2015 at 10:46 pm

    I am sending this email from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am extremely proud of what our new President Granger is doing to restore Georgetown to how it previously was– my sincere hope is that ALL of the citizens who are physically able to do so join the President’s campaign and make the restoration of GT a reality.

    Cheryl Jones Carter

  • de castro  On 09/01/2015 at 7:00 am

    Must be decendant of Martin Carter the very prominent famous Guyanese.
    Small world !

  • Leslie Chin  On 09/12/2015 at 2:00 am

    de castro, the way modern garbage disposal works is that anything reusable or recyclable is separated from the waste stream before it is sent to the landfill. The garbage collected in Georgetown is wet soggy vegetation and plastics. Burning would be difficult and would give out toxic fumes. Of course what goes to the landfill must be carefully controlled. All large cities have experience managing landfills.

  • De castro  On 09/12/2015 at 5:52 am

    Appreciate the economic facts.
    Accept what you cannot burn you bury.
    Better still what is too wet to burn you put out to dry….separate …then burn.

    My washing leaves my washing machine warm after its spin cycle.
    On a dry day (uk unpredictable) within an hour on clothes line in wind or shine
    it is dry and ready to move indoors…..even in most winter months.

    Apply same principles to garbage and result should be similar…..adapt process
    and voilt problem solved……

    Where there is a will there is a way.
    Nothing then seems impossible or is impossible.

    Ways I sees it.

  • De castro  On 09/12/2015 at 5:54 am

    May add
    What we can’t we can.
    What we can we recycle.
    Way forward.

  • Sandra  On 10/21/2015 at 11:39 pm

    Georgetown does look a lot nicer and cleaner than it has looked for many many years and I contribute this change to Mr. Granger. However, there is a lot more that needs to be done in all three counties such as repairing cracked streets, filling potholes and paving more streets (I would like to see more cement on the roads and more greenery and wild flowers everywhere even rose bushes). Also, Stabroek Market could use some nice tents or an indoor mall with stalls for vendors selling vegetables and seafood to protect them from the elements of nature.

  • De castro  On 10/22/2015 at 6:20 am

    On my last GT visit it was a bit of a shock for me….stabroek demico parliament square.
    Pedestrians cars taxis busses all “juggling” for space…horns blowing…seems like
    from another planet ! Chaotic !

    Havnt these folks heard about bus stations taxi stands pedestrianised shopping
    areas etc etc only need one “road rager” to take out a few pedestrians for the GT
    authorities to do something about the chaos !

    A lot more needs urgent action.

    Even suggested building the infrastructure for a new city somewhere on higher ground nearer international airport. On my last trip I entered Guyana via Peru
    Brazil Amazonian to Manaus Boa vista Lethem.
    London Lima £450 return …..what an adventure.
    Willfully avoided GT.
    1. Air fares
    2. Squalor.
    3. Too crowded

    Not to mention “security” risk.

    Maybe next trip will visit to observe the changes ….Jan 2016.

    Maybe Brazillia town planners should be invited as consultants on how/where
    to build new city.

    Brazillia was a city built in middle of the Amazon……modern machupichu 😁

    World traveller retired.

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