Parks & Botanical Gardens
Jamaica has a number of botanical gardens used mainly for recreational and educational purposes. There are also a number of parks named in honour of renowned individuals. The National Heroes Park in Kingston is of particular importance as it was established to honour the nation’s heroes.
Botanical gardens are usually of two types. There are those which are primarily scientific or horticultural institutions. These are isolated gardens or adjunct to universities or government institutions. These usually include the plants, libraries herbarbian, and laboratory facilities which are necessary for research and practical experimentation in horticultural sciences. The other type of botanical garden is used primarily for recreation such as public parks. At present, most of Jamaica’s botanical gardens fall into this category. Initially, in the early 20th century these parks were intended to be centres for botanical research. Presently, Jamaica has several botanical gardens – Castleton in St. Mary, Bath in St. Thomas, Cinchona, St. Andrew, Hope Gardens, Kingston, and Clydesdale in St. Andrew.
St. William Grant Park - St. William Grant Park Parish: Kingston Located in the centre of Down Town, Kingston, the Park is named in honour of the 1938 labour leader William Grant who was an associate of the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, National Hero… Seville Heritage Park - Seville Heritage Park Parish: St. Ann Located on the historic Seville Estate, is the Seville Great House (Plantation House) and Heritage Park. The major attraction of the Park is the collection of the artefacts on display in the Great House… National Heroes Park - Parish: Kingston National Heroes Park The area on which the National Heroes Park now stands was once one of the most popular spots in Kingston. For 101 years, the land was the centre for horse racing in Jamaica. It was… Long Mountain - Parish: St. Andrew Long Mountain Long Mountain dates back to the 18th Century and was a part of the Mona Estate, which then had 1072 acres. Sections of the Long Mountain are also referred to as “Wakieka Hills’. On the… Independence Park - Parish: St. Elizabeth Independence Park Used mainly to host horticultural and stage shows, Independence Park is the centre of cultural activities in the parish of St. Elizabeth. Hope Botanical Gardens - Parish: St. Andrew Hope Botanical Garden In 1881, two hundred (200) acres of Hope Estate was purchased by the Government to establish an experimental garden. Fifty (50) acres of the land was devoted to the development and distribution of new… Hollywell National Park - Parish: St. Andrew Hollywell National Park Located in the hills of St. Andrew lies Hollywell National Forest Park about four thousand (4000) ft. above sea level. Because of the very cool temperature in this area, Hollywell National Park has a… Clydesdale National Forest Park - Parish: St. Andrew view of Cottage at Clydesdale Clydesdale National Forest Park is located in the hills of the Blue Mountain range. Its location was once a coffee works and barbecues and waterwheel can still be seen. There is a… Claude Stuart Park - Parish: St. Mary Claude Stuart Park In 1977 the Victoria Park in Port Maria, St. Mary was renamed the Claude Stuart Park. It was named in honour of Claude Stuart a former Member of Parliament for St. Mary (1955-1962) and… Cinchona Botanical Gardens - Parish: St. Andrew Cinchona Botanical Garden At an altitude of between 4,500 and 5,500 ft. in the hills of St. Andrew is Cinchona Botanical Gardens. Established in 1868, Cinchona is the only garden of its type in the Caribbean. In…