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Green Lodge Scoops Dual Awards

Green Lodge owner Naresh Kumar Bobby won the Tourism Award and National SME of the year award at the 2019 FDB SME Awards.
01 Mar 2020 15:11
Green Lodge Scoops Dual Awards
From left: Green Lodge owner Naresh Shankaran with his daughter Neha Shankaran after receiving his awards at the Fiji Development Bank’s 2019 National Small and Medium Enterprise Awards. Photo: Ronald Kumar

For the past 35 years, he has been caring for his plants but was never recognised for his love for nature.

This year, through the Fiji Development Bank Small Medium Enterprise Awards, the 58 year-old conservationist is the happiest person.

Green Lodge owner Naresh Kumar Bobby won the Tourism Award and National SME of the year award at the 2019 FDB SME Awards.

The annual awards was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

Green Lodge operates as a conservation-based park on a 100 acres of forest land in Taveuni.

Challenges

Mr Bobby said he was very happy to receive such an award as he had difficulty in the up keeping of the conservation-based park after Cyclone Winston.

“When Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, it damaged 90 per cent trees and it was really difficult for me to recover from it.

He said the prize money would help make payments for the maintenance of the park.

“Thankfully my daughter helped me a lot as she had sent over some money.

“Without funding I still had to maintain the forest park so whatever income I get, 70 per cent of it goes towards the maintenance of the park,” he said.

He explained that even though it was difficult to maintain the forest park, he always relied on his love for nature.

He says he runs a nature park because with nature, it recharges its own system naturally and getting close to nature is like getting close to everything.

He dedicates the award to his family for all the years they have been helping him run Green Lodge.

The Tourism award was sponsored by Fiji Sun while the National SME of the year award was sponsored by FDB.

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