St Helena’s Nature Conservation Group (SNCG) has been in existence since 1993. It comprises a small group of individuals with a common interest in the promotion and enjoyment of St Helena’s unique natural environment. The committee of the SNCG meets once a month to discuss the Group’s business and environmental and tourism initiatives to which they can contribute. An annual highlight in the group’s calendar is a sponsored event, usually a coast to coast walk which is well supported throughout the island.
The SNCG has been instrumental in way-marking and documenting a series of graded walks on the island, known as the Postbox Walks, named for the ‘postbox’ at the end of each trek that contains a stamp and logbook. Each of the walks has its own characteristics which may include subtropical cloud forest, ancient desert, breathtaking cliffs or a refreshing swim. A quick read of the Postbox logbooks will indicate the enjoyment that islanders and visitors from many other countries have had from these walks. Personal logbooks, another SNCG initiative, in which to collect the stamps from all of the island’s walks, are available from the tourist office. SNCG members undertake these and other walks on a regular basis, in order to maintain way-marks and improve paths (in particular repairing erosion damage and removing encroaching vegetation).
For the visitor to the island, walking with the SNCG offers a way to discover the island’s hidden beauty and to learn something of the island’s unique endemic species in friendly and welcoming company.
St Helena is a safe and beautiful island but, like other places, is faced with the usual human societal problems of litter and vandalism which are often the result of a need for better education. The SNCG strives to inform and educate, at all levels, of the importance and fragility of our environment. The group sponsors, with the National Trust, school visits and competitions to raise awareness among young people of the need for conservation on the island and of its unique species. It works in concert with the Heritage Society by reporting on and making suggestions for the maintenance and enhancement of the island’s historical buildings. It assists the government environmental agencies with the propagation and protection of endemic species. With the Tourism Department it provides guidance for the island’s visitors on where to go and what to see.
If you would like more information about the SNCG, please make enquiries through the St Helena National Trust. If you would like to join or make a donation, our “Support SNCG” page has further details. You can also purchase one of our guide books. Visitors to the island who would like to walk with the SNCG can contact the Tourist Office. We look forward to seeing you.
Please visit the SNCG website for further information