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In 2007, Windsor Research Centre prepared a calendar highlighting native tree species which may be useful in restoring natural forest ecosystems. We developed the calendar from research we conducted in a pasture which had been planted with alien grass in the 1970s:   this grass had stubbornly prevented all processes of natural forest regeneration. We experimented with several trees species, to identify those which could out-grow the grass and attract seed-dispersing birds and bats, thus re-establishing natural successional dynamics and letting Nature take over the work.

We have updated the calendar for 2015 and present it here electronically.

The original calendar was prepared and printed with the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) and the National Forest Programme Facility.  Pear Tree Press (Kingston) gave us enormous support with the original print run.

We'd also like to thank the many partners who supported the project, particularly the community of Duanvale (Trelawny), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens (USA), BirdLife International (UK), and especially Jamaica's Forestry Department , which allowed us to use photographs from the Manual of Dendrology: Jamaica and whose officers provided technical expertise in workshops and in the field.

Each file is about 270-280 kb. If you would like a higher resolution, please email us.

location Have a great year!

2015 Forest Restoration in Cockpit Country
JanuaryIntroduction to Cockpit Country
FebruaryFiddlewood (Citharexylum caudatum)
MarchBitter Damsel (Simarouba glauca)
AprilBlack Lancewood (Oxandra lanceolata)
MayBlue Mahoe (Hibiscus elatus)
JuneBas' Cedar (Guazuma ulmifolia)
JulySpanish Elm (Cordia gerascanthus)
AugustClammy Cherry (Cordia collococca)
September    Trumpet (Cecropia peltata)
OctoberSanta Maria (Calophyllum calaba)
NovemberBreadnut (Brosimum alicastrum)
DecemberWormwood (Andira inermis)
Flower Quiz:  Can you name the tree?
(Roll your mouse over the picture if you feel stymied)