The Destruction of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

Destruction of Protected Mangrove and Eco-tourist Site at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

In June 2019, an extensive environmental laboratory study was completed to assess the impacts to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and surrounding protected mangrove/wetlands area by the neighbouring South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant (the “SCSP”).

Almost a year later, after the complete collapse of the SCSP, it has been confirmed that there are high levels of fecal matter and other pollutants contaminating the Sanctuary and surrounding area. The report recommends the restriction of public access to the lake due to serious health concerns, thereby making it impossible to operate the Sanctuary as an eco-tourist site.

Failures of the SCSP, operated by the Barbados Water Authority, have resulted in numerous discharges of raw sewage into the Sanctuary. The discharges have been occurring since 2005 and almost continuously since late 2017. 

For over 10 years, the eco-tourist site and protected wetland has been treated as a conventional wastewater (facultative) lagoon by the South Coast Sewage Treatment Plant.

The Government of Barbados has exacerbated the problems by continuously failing to maintain and operate the sluice gate diligently and responsibly, and as a result, causing further damage to the health of the salt-tolerant mangroves and wildlife.

Here is our new video about this destruction.

For additional details, please see our press release and our special document containing a short history of GHNS and the summary of the recent lab results.

The Sanctuary Cafe and Lakeside Lawn

The beautiful and tranquil SANCTUARY CAFE and Lakeside Lawn of the Sanctuary are now open to the public on a limited basis. However, there are no tours of the rest of the facility, and all Interpretive walkways, Aviaries and Exhibits remain closed to the public. 

Call ahead to make sure that the the Cafe and Lawn are open, as sometimes they are closed for private events.

Hours: Due to condition beyond our control The Sanctuary Café remains closed until further notice.

As mentioned earlier, the Sanctuary will close during special events. The Lakeside Lawn and deck area is open for people to stop by and have a drink or a snack while overlooking the lake. A limited service Cafe is open onsite serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. As many know, the Sanctuary lawn and deck area is a tranquil and beautiful lakeside venue - it is a wonderful place to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The facility is 100% accessible to physically challenged individuals who need wheelchair access.

Thoughts from Peter Allard

Peter Allard writes about the real issues that affect the Sanctuary, and offers a perspective about why it is not just a regular business investment and deserves to be saved beyond our lifetime. Details...

Special Event Facilities Available

While the Sanctuary is closed to the general public, event facilities are now available for special occasions. For further information check our Events link at the top of this page, call (246) 435-9727 or use our Contact Form to get in touch.