At the kind invitation of Mr Scaniglia-Jones, President of St Bernard’s Catholic Social Club, a total of approximately 26 service users from St Bernadette’s Resource Centre and Dr Giraldi Home and accompanying staff were invited to a luncheon at the Club’s premises at the Catholic Community Centre today in order to celebrate fair week.
For the first time in the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens’ history, the giant tropical water lily Victoria cruziana, has grown successfully. The species is native to Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay and featured prominently in French Impressionist Claude Monet’s famous series of works.
Victoria cruziana produces very large leaves and, crucially for its cultivation in Gibraltar, it can tolerate somewhat lower temperatures. However, growing it outdoors in the Mediterranean still requires considerable skill and the success has largely been down to the horticultural expertise of Gardens employee Guillaume Le Texier, who had experience growing the species at other botanic gardens.
Saturday 24th August saw the annual Cardboard Boat Race at Ocean Village. A great turn out, with numerous boats ready to prove their sea worthiness by taking on the challenge.
There was a kids race and then the adult main event, which saw a fair few vessels reclaimed by the sea. Check out the video for yourself.
A loggerhead turtle was found today by local diver Ian Gadd as he was free diving in the area of Europa reef. The turtle appeared to be disorientated and in some distress and appeared to have sustained minor injuries due to nets.
The Convent is aware of the unlawful incursion into BGTW by Guardia Civil divers in and around the recently created North West Artificial Reef System, a reef created by HMGoG in compliance with EU legislation and international conventions.