Concordia Estate is a uniquely endowed eco-tourism destination nestled within the tranquility of the beautiful island of Tobago. It boasts an exciting and meandering nature trail established to promote the natural wonders of this historic estate, an emblem of the Robinson Crusoe isle of Tobago. Our special packages are centered on this premier nature ecotourism in Scarborough, Concordia, showcasing the estate’s natural resources, both flora and fauna, as well as the history of the estate and of our picturesque island, where the birds dance to the sunset and the butterflies kiss at the moon.
About the Estate
Concordia Estate is a renowned historical estate in the beautiful Island of Tobago.
The Concordia Estate is situated some two and a half miles from Scarborough, the capital and covers approximately 50 acres in total, including ridge-top land adjacent to St. Cecelia Crown Road. It hosts a section of the valley of the Providence River approximately 1/3 mile in length and rising from just under 325 ft. above sea level at its lowest point to 600 ft. on the ridge-top.
The soils are of igneous volcanic origin and extremely fertile, offering the opportunity for a wide variety of tree crops on the steeper slopes and horticultural crops in the limited, flatter, valley area. The previous cropping on the estate has included sugar, citrus, cocoa, and coffee, plus garden crops, mangoes, avocado, and other rare and exotic tropical fruits and provisions. Concordia Estate is earmarked through its new owners to introduce and implement an excellent range of possibilities for sustainable Eco-development.
Concordia Estate has sensational views over the Caribbean and Atlantic Seas and catches the cooling breezes, unlike many coastal properties. Around the Cocoa House at the top of the ridge, several fragments of European china have been discovered. These European china dates back to the 1850s, indicating that the plantation manager who originally came from Scotland had his own china brought from home. Several of the fruit trees date back to the 1960s. They are an interesting variety that is rarely seen today. Other trees on the property have been planted by the previous owner who is a keen gardener. For anyone interested in plants, birds, butterflies or wildlife – this place is a source of endless joy.
The water in the river can be considered very pure, especially since much of it comes from an underground spring source within the Adelphi Estate lands and it abounds with fresh-water crayfish. Where the Concordia boundary crosses the river, there is an old and historic dam as well as a small pond site which belongs to the Concordia Estate. The dam explodes into a waterfall from its overflow. It originally supplied water for the operation of the 32 ft. diameter water-mill wheel and Sugar Mill at the extreme western, downstream end of the estate. The approximately 150 to 200-year-old mill site and ruins of brick buildings structures are accessed by the estate trail and by a very solid old and historic brick-built bridge nearly 200 years old. Concordia Estate roads extend to about 1.5 miles in total and in addition hosts several trails for the nature enthusiasts to discover during their hiking trips as well as engage in ATV excursion.
Most of the previous cocoa area remains within the present estate boundaries, together with an area of coffee. About 10-15% of the land is covered with bamboo, which for wildlife and amenity, eco-building-material and land-stabilization purposes are definitely considered an asset. The bamboo forms several cathedrals which can be admired during a “back to Eden”-like visit.
There is a significant number of mature (400+) years and immature timber trees – mainly Rain Trees (Samanea saman) and West Indian Red Cedar (Cedula spp.). There are also coffee, cocoa, avocado, mango, guava, lime, orange, lemon, coconut, and citrus trees to name a few. In addition to this, a few trees have been harvested for timber for estate use. Large mature Immortelle shade trees (Erythrina spp.) with their brilliant red flowers add to the attraction of the cocoa areas in the dry season. Moreover, rock and boulders are also abundant in the river.
Tobago is a lush, unspoiled gem of the Caribbean. It possesses verdant natural beauty, including the Western Hemisphere’s oldest protected rainforest and the historic Concordia Estate. The island is a world-renowned scuba diving destination amid stunning coral reefs and Nylon Pool for snorkeling in shallow water way out in the middle of the sea. Tobago has a flawless, leading eco-tourism image. Tobago has been the Winner of the Global Eco-Tourism Destination award for 3 years running. Also, for further ‘Robinson Crusoe’ exploration of the island’s Forest Reserve, visit secluded beaches, coral-reefs fishing, and local beauty spots.
In an effort to boost tourists’ arrival, the Island has embarked on a $100m plus airport extension. Planning is also in progress for Sandals to bring its prestigious brand to the Island. Trinidad and Tobago have long been the wealthiest Caribbean country and has a target of gaining developed country status by 2020.
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