Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

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Bahamas - Eleuthera - Governors Harbour

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

Located in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, the Levy Preserve is operated by the Bahamas National Trust and funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. It was developed by Shelby White, trustee of the Foundation, in honour of her late husband, Leon Levy. The Preserve is a living part of Bahamian history. It is the first national park on the island of Eleuthera. It is an environmental educational centre as well as a facility for the conservation of native plants and trees.

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is the fulfillment of the vision of longtime residents Leon Levy and Shelby White, who loved the natural environment and way of life on Eleuthera. After Leon Levy’s death in 2003, Shelby White wanted to celebrate her husband’s devotion to the island while contributing to a better future for all Eleutherans.

Main Address:
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
Banks Road
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera 00000 Bahamas

Telephone: 242-332-3831
Fax:
URL: www.levypreserve.org
Primary Email: efreid@bnt.bs

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Heidi Johnson
    Curator's Name: Ethan Freid
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Ethan Freid
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number: 1
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 2011
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 11 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 1 Hectares
  • Total Area: 12 Hectares
    Latitude: 25.1881025
    Longitude: -76.2146017
    Annual Rainfall: 1350 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 120 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 5400

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 241
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 60
  • Special Collections:The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve uses BG-Base for its accessioning database. Collections are primarily from seed. LLNPP collection policy is to collect only native species with a priority on those species that are endemic to the Bahamas.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes