The Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) reported that access to the area of Golden Lane is temporarily restricted as a direct result of the uprooting of the historic Silk Cotton Tree.
Around 12:40 pm, it was reported that the historic tree, located at Culloden Bay Road, Golden Lane fell, damaging two vehicles.
State agencies, under the coordination of TEMA, including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE), Fire Services, and Forestry have been dispatched to move the tree. In addition, the Police Service is managing traffic.
The The Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment in Tobago also said the community has been marooned with restricted access in and out of the area as a result of a blocked roadway.
The area is only accessible via foot traffic through Seaview Trace for persons wishing to enter the area.
The Silk Cotton Tree has been a part of Tobago’s cultural heritage for decades. Based on the folklore, this is the tree from which the African witch, Gang Gang Sarah took flight to return to Africa.