Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2022. 3:18 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The “100-year-old” tree in the backyard of St. Mary’s Anglican Primary School will not be cut down, the school’s management confirmed today.
The tree was set to be cut down to make space for temporary classrooms which would be set up in the yard after the school building was condemned earlier this year; however, those plans changed.
General Manager of Anglican Schools Dr. Jeremy Cayetano explained that the number of buildings originally planned for the backyard was reduced because students will be attending classes at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Learning on Mahogany Street, and as such, the demand for yard space was reduced.
Botanist Luis Peña identified the tree as a Ficus maxima, a fig tree species native to Mexico and Central America, which can also be found in some parts of South America. This species of tree is known to grow as tall as 98 feet (30 m). The fruit of the tree is said to be a favorite of black howler monkeys in Belize.
The tree, which made local news at the announcement that the school building will be torn down, will be the only remnant of what came before, once the new school building is built.
It holds sentimental value for past students and serves as a reminder for future administrations, who will be tasked with the maintenance of the new building to ensure it does not meet the same fate as the old.
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