The Hilly Southwestern zone in the volcanic Shekerly Mountain Range.
Nestled in the Southwestern Side of Antigua, in the Wallings Forest area, Wallings Nature Reserve is the first Community-Managed National Park in the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda established in 2018.
The Reserve is being used as an international case study to garner the impact that a local community can have in making a difference in the fight against climate change while empowering women, youth and vulnerable communities and promoting gender equality.
The reserve also practices sustainable development and protecting the biological diversity of Antigua and Barbuda. Wallings Nature Reserve is a not for profit, non-government organisation. Wallings Nature Reserve monitors, maintains, and manages 1680 acres or 680 ha of rain forest in the Sherkley Mountain Protected Area.
Wallings Fast Facts
The Wallings Forest Area is owned by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. However, the day-to-day management of the Wallings Forest Area now falls under Wallings Nature Reserve which is a Not for Profit company that has no affiliations with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
Wallings Area is 680 hectares (1,680 acres)
Plans & Projects
- Security (reserve rangers and ranger check-in stations will be security features for the reserve; both man and equipment)
- Shuttle service to the picnic site (electric powered carts will be used to carry out this activity)
- Upgraded picnic area and BBQ pits
- Building in the Picnic Area to be made into an Antiguan Restaurant
- Bench at the crossroads
- Area for overnight camping
- Solar-powered buildings
- Resurfacing of the road and the installation of drains
- Repair of the water trenches and the reservoir walls
- Accessible bridge at the Picnic Area
Over the last three years, the Board, Management and Staff at the Wallings Nature Reserved has successfully completed the following:
- Wheelchair accessible restroom facility at the entrance
- The development of the existing trails to include coloured trail markers and signs and the development of new trails to give patrons a wider variety to choose from
- Parking facilities
- First aid kits
- On-site guides
- On the ground administration
- Signs all around the reserve
- Communication radios
- Bio bridge initiative (using the lemongrass to create local products)