BULAWAYO, Monday, October 21, 1991 — Commonwealth Heads of Government ended their weekend retreat for this year’s summit yesterday by planting 48 indigenous trees at the newly established CHOGM Retreat Park in Victoria Falls.
The tree-planting exercise follows the 1989 Langkawi Declaration that highlighted the Commonwealth’s concern for action on the environment and sustainable development.
The declaration promised full support by the 50-member group of English speaking countries for next year’s United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in Brazil.
President Mugabe, who is chairing the summit, planted a Nyala tree while Britain’s Mr John Major planted a banana tree (not the fruit type).
Earlier, the leaders met to discuss the South African part of the summit’s deliberations and to decide the venue of the next summit in 1993.
The Commonwealth Director of Information Mrs Patsy Robertson said that delegates also discussed the election of the Commonwealth Foundation chair to replace outgoing Canadian Mr Robert Stanfield, who has served for about seven years.