Community Focus : Kensington ripe for eco and heritage tourism

June 27, 2017
Hope Foskin collects water at one of the community's crystal-clear springs through this bamboo channel.
This monument is located half mile away from the site where the Kensington Great House once stood. It contains information on the Sam Sharpe Rebellion of 1831.
Shelana Gardner-Clarke says there are no idlers in Kensington, just hard-working people.
Students of the Springfield Infant School and their teacher Hysheka Nugent, pose for the WESTERN STAR'S cameras.

The historic community of Kensington in St James has managed to maintain its old country-style charm and pristine, peaceful atmosphere.

The deep-rural traditional farming community is among Jamaica's biggest banana-producing regions, and, according to residents, every 'jack man' there works for a living.

"You have mostly farmer inna di community mostly. They farm banana, and one and two people farm pine," grocery shop operator Shelana Gardner-Clarke told the WESTERN STAR during a recent visit to the community.

Kensington is home to a guest house located just atop the site where the Sam Sharpe Rebellion was sparked in 1834. It has distinguishing features, including an abundance of fruit trees and several crystal-clear springs, which would make the community a ripe candidate for eco and heritage tourism.

Although residents do not have piped water in their homes, they still count their blessings, year round.

"People can't be hungry in Kensington unless you want to. The amount of fruits we have here, is like what Protoje says: 'Ripe fruit in the country dropping offa tree, while people in the town dying for hungry' and that's a fact," Hope Foskin said as she made her way back home after fetching water at one of the community's springs.

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