Saved: ‘national treasure’ is found on rubbish dump

A journal written by one of St Helena’s most important historical figures has been found on the island’s rubbish tip. Historian Nick Thorpe has described the hand-written book by 19th Century engineer John Charles Melliss as “something of a national treasure” – and it was nearly lost. It is not known how it came to […]

Revealed: plan to tunnel through to Rupert’s Valley

Records found abandoned on St Helena’s rubbish tip reveal how the island’s administrators considered digging a tunnel between Upper Jamestown at Rupert’s Valley. When John Charles Melliss was the Colonial Engineer on St Helena, the only path leading into Rupert’s Valley was the coastal route round Munden’s Point. The island’s prison had been built in […]

Bottoms up: Mike creates his own beer garden. With no beer…

A man walks into every bar in St Helena and says: “I’ll have 586 bottles of Windhoek Beer. No ice. And barman – serve them empty.” That may not have been quite how the conversation went. But the point is that Mike Durnford has used 24.5 crates’ worth of beer bottles in his garden, and […]

Message is in the bottles for reducing St Helena’s waste

Bottles, metal cans and kitchen waste have been found to be the most common items going into St Helena’s landfill site at Horse Point – locally known as “the dump”. Islanders are being encouraged to take up composting to deal with uncooked food scraps, and the disability charity SHAPE has set up a recycling centre […]

Prison plans in hand as Castle sets out vital projects

Basic designs are being drawn up for moving St Helena’s “unfit” prison out of Jamestown. Planning advice is being sought, according to a spokesman for St Helena Government (SHG). First, a new unit for young people with challenging behaviour must be built at Half Tree Hollow to make way for the prison to move into […]

Island media, 17 February 2012

St Helena Independent: waste dumping and recycling – airport jobs – Essex House – polytunnels – link with NHS in Devon – Youth Parliament elections – and the man who travelled 5,000 miles to trim donkeys’ hooves Columnist Vince Thompson looks back at a 2011 report on the island’s waste dumping problem – which has […]