Saturday, 23 November 2013

Your opporunity to volunteer at Tampines Eco Green!

Coming 30th November, Saturday we will be at Tampines Eco Green park to help with planting butterfly attracting saplings and monthly maintenance to help keep the garden free from weeds.  If you wish to help out at the gardening session, we will be meeting 9.30 am at Tampine MRT station at exit (Tampines One).  For those who know the way can head to the park directly and we shall meet between 9.45 - 10 am.


Do bring along drinking water, hat, camera and sun block lotion (optional).  The gardening session should end at 1 pm.  See you!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Another helping hand to make the garden beautiful for all

The rain event is seem to be getting more frequently for the past few weeks, but the wet weather never dampen the spirit for a group of 15 volunteers from Gyanothayam Chennai (a mediation group).  There was a downpour in the morning on 15th Oct (Hari Raya Haji) and in order to plant the saplings at Tampines Eco Green park, the volunteers will have to wait for the rain to subside.
 




Working hand-in-hand despite the flood at the holding area for plants






 It was about 1 pm in the afternoon when volunteers starts to wrap up and prepare for a discussion (to gather feedback) and followed by a vegan lunch prepared by the volunteers.






   




Freshly prepared lunch!  Thanks to
Gyanothayam Chennai for offering their voluntary services to make the garden a beautiful place for all!



 
Photos by James Chua

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Green Volunteers' activities


Eric a new volunteer is a keen photographer especially in macro photography.  Here are few pictures he took (all at Pasir Ris Park).













Gardening at Tampines Eco Green

Gardening at Tampines Eco Green (our butterfly garden), 28th September, Saturday.  Meet 9.30 am sharp at Tampines MRT station.  We should be done by on  1pm.  Volunteers are advised to bring along their own drinking water and hat and raincoat/umbrella in case of rain.




Butterfly walk

5 October, Saturday, 6th October, Sunday meet 9 am sharp at our butterfly garden at Pasir Ris Park.  Walk should be done by 11.30 am, those who wish can stay back to water and tend to garden.  Please email Grace (whitecokatoo@gmail.com) with your name, mobile number and number of people coming.  Bring drinking water, hat or umbrella.




Temasek Hall – NUS

We are working with their green club (Temasek Green) to do more joint green activities.  Here’s their new logo.  We just helped them to do a butterfly wall mural.  Look out for the pictures. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

MRT through MacRitchie

By now, most of you have heard that there is a proposal to run a MRT line through MacRitchie.  This will badly damage a pristine environment and destroy much biodiversity and is totally unacceptable.  There are alternate sensible plans to divert this proposed line so it will not impact this fragile and sensitive environment – this diversion will incur about an additional 7 km of rail and an extra 4 minutes in arrival time – a very small price to pay to avoid damaging this precious environment.

A study is presently being conducted to see the environmental impact on this area should these proposals go ahead.  To create more awareness and to educate the public on what we stand to lose, we are looking for young people to train as nature guides at MacRitchie.  This training will be done by Subaraj, a very experienced nature guide/trainer and a committed environmentalist.  All participants are expected to spend 3-4 hours on 2 weekends days a month, until at least December, at MacRitchie, talking to the public about the forest and making them aware of the actual truth of having the CRL going through the nature reserve.  Details of the first walk is as follows:

Date:  24th August 2013 (Saturday)
Time:  0830 hours – 1200 hours
Meeting place:  Junction of Adam Rd/Sime Rd (north side) at 8.30am

If you want to help save MacRitchie please email Subaraj (wildlifeconsultant@subaraj.com) directly.  Here’s your chance to do something hands-on and learn more about the varied and delicate biodiversity we stand to lose if this project goes ahead.

Cheers
Grant

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Tampines Eco Green Park with volunteers from Temasek Poly

Despite the rainy morning, close to 30 students from Temasek Polytechnic Community Service Club all geared up to help at the Tampines Eco Green Park with us on a Saturday morning.  As soon as we arrived at the park, Grant gave a quick briefing and demonstration on how to clear the weeds by using the spade.






We were glad that the weather was cooling enough for us to work and even for our Muslim volunteers who are fasting.  Some of the main plants we planted were Seven Golden Candlesticks (Cassia alata), Rattlebox pea (Crotalaria retusa) and Crown flower (Calotropis gigantea). 





The plant guards were added to protect the saplings from falling and to prevent grass cutters from cutting the plants


Volunteers helping one and another



On10th and 11th August (Saturday and Sunday) we will be at Siglap Secondary School to clear the weeds and water plants.  We are looking for like-minded volunteers who can come and help.  Do email (grant@singapore.com) or call 968 40950 if you can help.