The Company fully appreciates that protecting the landscape it occupies is an integral part of its remit for environmental, social and economic reasons.
In particular, because of the heavy rainfall and flash floods prevalent in St Vincent it is absolutely vital to guard against soil erosion and landslides. Each plant is grown as an individual tree and planted in its own individual square metre terrace so there is no risk of erosion.
Fortunately, cocoa trees help prevent soil erosion, as they provide long-term soil stability via their extensive root structure, futhermore continuous addition of organic matter via pruning operations and its large leaf litter helps this process.
Moreover, there are strict rules in St Vincent protecting areas designated as forestry and water catchment so cocoa is only being grown on agricultural land, generally old banana farms.