Barbuda's climate is sub-tropical with a temperature range from 18°C to 45°C. Rainfall is seasonal, with an average of under 100 cm per year. There are no rivers, streams or lakes but fortunately underground water is found in reasonable quantities and some water is obtained from wells - some newly built and some that are very old but still maintained. Most households collect rainwater for drinking and household use in cisterns and tanks. There is a newly operational de-salination plant that provides water to those within reach of the pipes.
Vegetation tends to be scrubby woodland, with few trees over ten metres except for Tamarind and Mango trees. There are numerous drought-tolerant cacti and succulents. Barbudans clear plots of land outside the vilage to grow fruit and vegetables including peas and beans, corn, sweet potato, yams, melons, bananas and plantain, and fruit trees such as mango, sugar-apple, pomegranite, soursop and guava. In Codrington village when the weather has been good to us there are colourful displays of Hibiscus, Pride of Barbados and Lady of the Night, as Barbudans tend their gardens.
alternative energy for Barbuda
A study carried out in 2002 by Richard Bicknell, at that time a student at the Institute of Energy at De Montfort University in Leicester, paved the way for the potential for real change as it explored the possibility of an alternative energy project for Barbuda. You can read the study here (Adobe Acrobat, .pdf, 1MB). Since that time sadly no progress has been made and throughout the village we are still dependent on unreliable diesel generators for power. Happily Barbuda Cottages have successfully introduced solar power to their properties.