Cover Photo: Shania Pereira
Published: 14th of January, 2023 by Patrick CarpenLast updated: April 30, 2023 at 19:26 pm
There is a street in Mabaruma, Region 1, Guyana, which is dubbed “Rubber Walk” by the locals because of the beautiful, enormous, and historical rubber trees which adorn both sides of it.
The giant rubber trees on either sides of the famous Rubber Walk carry both historic and sentimental values for residents of Region 1 as well as the whole of Guyana. In addition to being a landmark, the site serves to beautify the environment and is a potential tourist attraction.
In January, 2021, the executive decision was made by the Maburama Town Council to cut down the historic rubber trees in order to construct a road. This decision resulted in a heated debate as to whether the trees should go or stay. Some argued that the trees carry both sentimental and historical values and should not be destroyed. Others argued that the trees are old and should be removed to make way for modernization. Further, proponents of their removal pointed out that the trees are old and risk falling down and injuring people.
Minister of local government, Nigel Dharamlall, however, instructed that the Mabaruma Town Council reverse its decision and keep the trees safe.
Today, roadways are constructed through and around the trees, but the trees are preserved. At some point, at least one of trees reportedly collapsed, but no one was injured.
The following photos of the Mabaruma Rubber Walk were taken by Shania Pereira in January, 2023.