Yesterday fourteen youths graduated after attending a twelve week horticulture training by the Honiara Beautification committee headed by the United States Consul, Mrs. Kethie Saunders.

The graduation was held at the Botanical Garden, where out of the fourteen graduates, five were females.

In her address, Mrs. Kethie Saunders urged the graduates to save the environment and not let other people destroy it.

She revealed that in the last three years, a hundred students have graduated from the horticulture trainings, adding that the recent graduates are the sixth group to have graduated.

She stated that she is very proud of their achievement as without the past and present graduates, the Honiara City would not look colorful as it is now.

Mrs. Saunders also stated that the effects of global warming are because of a lot of carelessness of our environment and the cutting down of trees, once again urging people to look after the environment.

She also revealed that in 2009 a volunteer from New Zealand will be in the Solomon Islands to train more students who are interested in horticulture. The trainings will be funded by the community sector program in a plan to employ the many unemployed in the country.