Prince Harry to tour botanical garden on visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines


Prince Harry's tour of the Caribbean will take him to St Vincent and the Grenadines today where he will visit a botanical garden in the capital city - said to be the oldest tropical gardens in the western world.

Covering 20 acres, the lush, green visitor attraction was first laid out in 1765 by General Robert Melville.

The garden was originally designed as a plant breeding centre "to provide medicinal plants for the military and improve the life and economy of the colony".

Harry will tour the site, watch a number of cultural performances and later plant a commemorative Baobab tree to mark the visit.

In the interior of the island Harry will visit the Vermont Nature Trail and walk a short part of the route hikers worldwide travel to the country to enjoy, and unveil a plaque dedicating the area to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

Later on a St Vincent beach the Prince will hear from local schoolchildren about the various conservation projects they are involved in to help preserve endangered sea turtles.

Harry is on a 15-day tour of the Caribbean and has been travelling for some of the trip on RFA Wave Knight a tanker on anti-narcotics and disaster relief duty in the area.