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Developer enlists orchid rescue group to save endemic plants

The Cayman Orchid Society is helping developers of a luxury resort in Bodden Town identify and relocate important endemic plants.

Orchid Society volunteers located several important native plants on the future site of the St. James point resort development, marking them with blue tape so bulldozers would leave them be.

Certain species of trees flagged by the volunteers make excellent host plants for orchids, namely Cayman’s own Banana Orchid.

“You’re minimising the footprint on the land that you’re going to develop. It means that it is more sustainable to keep these mature trees and to keep them alive within the development,” said Joanne Mercielle-Ross, chair of the Orchid Society’s orchid rescue.

The Orchid Society told Cayman 27 they were thrilled to be contacted by the Beach Bay developers to lend a hand to the project.

The group said several orchids were saved.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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