30% of Botanic Garden Under Threat
19 September 2006
The Minister of Health & Family Services and Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has announced that a portion (ten acres, or less than 30%) of the Bermuda Botanical Garden is to be the site for Bermuda’s new acute care hospital.
The existing King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) site (14 acres) will be returned to green space, resulting in a slight increase in open space of four acres at the Botanical Gardens area over the long term.
This is a very difficult decision to make and many arguments range for and against the building within the Botanic Garden. The continuing battle between the builders (in this case of healthcare) and human well-being and the loss of public amenities.
The Bermudan Government’s decision follows a year of discussion and research with BHB, reviewing the three hospital concepts that had been presented to Bermuda community in 2005. This presentation had covered BHB’s overall vision for delivering quality, sustainable healthcare in Bermuda. The acute care hospital concepts utilised the existing KEMH site, the Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens as potential sites for the new hospital.
Not everyone is so happy with this proposal - here are a few URLs to outline the pros and cons of this decision.
Sept 30, 2006 - The following emails were received at BGCI and we bring them to your attention.
comment: With reference to Bermuda's threatened Botanical Gardens please visit the Bermida National Trust website http://www.bnt.bm
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