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Plans & Strategies…Community In Bloom (CIB) is a program, launched in 2005,that aims to foster a gardening culture among the people in Singapore. The Community In Bloom logoCIB facilitates and guides residents, students and workers in Singapore toset up and sustain their community gardening projects where they can gather The logo symbolizesto plant and care for their own favourite plants including flowers, herbs, Singapore’s multi-ethnicspices, vegetables and fruit trees. communities coming together to cultivateCIB program is a collaboration with partners including Town Councils, gardens, sharing tips andHousing Development Board, People’s Association, National Library Board, ideas and helping oneNon-Governmental Organisations, and the private sector who provide a another enjoy gardening.range of support such as – land use, garden set-up, grassroots liaison,gardening talks and other initiatives.CIB aspires to link-up all gardeners and community gardening groupsislandwide into a self-sustaining National Gardening Movement.
Plans & Strategies… The Community Gardening Movement The history of community gardening goes back to 1649, when a group of English peasants gathered in the town of Surrey, to cultivate the common land that belonged to the King. Three hundred years later, the roots of modern community gardening movementWhat is Community Gardening were formed in the Second World War. They were started as ‘Victory Gardens’ as part of a rallying cry to support the war effort. Then, urban dwellers ofCommunity gardening is a collective effort by the people to countries involved in the war kept theircultivate plants and gardens on common green areas for all to enjoy. troops supplied with vegetables and fruitsThese gardens usually consist of flowers, herbs, spices, vegetables grown from these ‘Victory Gardens’.and fruit trees. Community gardening now flourishes in many countries across the globe whereIndividuals in the community to take up the initiative and responsibility thousands of gardening groups bloomedfor organizing, planting and maintaining the gardens. An essential in towns and cities.aspect is that the garden be a focal point for people to come together toenjoy this activity as a group. In Singapore, the community gardening movement comprises of over 400Apart from tending to their plants, these plant lovers meet regularly to gardening groups based in residentialshare gardening tips and plant specimens. They organise visits to other estates, schools and organizations.gardens to meet like-minded people and to exchange innovative www.nparks.gov.sg/cib_gardensgardening ideas. They even reach out to other communities to helpwith the setting up of new gardens.
Plans & Strategies…How are Community Gardening projects organisedCommunity gardening projects are initiated and managedby community groups in the following categories:Public Housing Estates – Gardens can be cultivated together by residents oncommon green spaces around residential blocks. The project is managed by theResidents’ Committee.Private Housing Estates –Gardens can be cultivated together by residents onroadside green verges in front of landed properties or on common green spacesaround condominiums. The project is managed by the Neighbourhood Committee orResidents’ Association.Educational Institutions – Gardens can be cultivated together by students orparent volunteers on green spaces within the school compound or on commongreen spaces outside the school compound. The project can be managed by theGreen/Environmental club of the school.Organisations – Gardens can be cultivated together by workers or volunteers ongreen spaces within the organisation’s premises, or on common green spacesoutside of the organisation’s premises. The project can be managed by the GreenClub or Environmental Club of the organisation.
Plans & Strategies… Benefits of Community Gardening •Promotes a healthy lifestyle through active recreation •Increases a sense of belonging and community ownership •Builds community leaders •Fosters social interactionWhat are the Benefits of Gardening & bonding among people in the communityThe benefits of gardening are plenty. Lifting the shovel to dig and •Empowers the communityusing the garden fork to loosen the garden bed helps to improve blood to beautify their owncirculation. It provides the strength training to improve muscular control and environmentmaintain bone density. •Builds self-relianceStudies have revealed that just looking at the garden has healthypsychological benefits. The colours and scent of flowers in a garden •Promotes greaterstimulate the senses and soothes the mind. understanding towards greeneryGardening together, as a community, with neighbours and friends brings •Turns vacant commoneven more benefits. It brings people together in a friendly environmentwhere they can grow their favourite plants together and at the same time, spaces into focal pointscultivate their friendship. Sowing seeds, nurturing them into maturity and for the communitysharing the harvest together bring plenty of joy.
Plans & Strategies… Community Gardeners’ Favorites
Tampines Starlight RC community garden, Tampines Street 72This community garden started with humble beginnings in 2006. It has since been transformed throughthe hard work of more than 20 active gardeners who cultivate vegetables and flowers daily. Visitors tothis lovely garden will enjoy the myriad of colourful plants and edibles as they explore the garden.
Sembawang RC Zone E community garden, Woodlands Drive 6This community garden is innovative in lay out, open, and integrated with other residential amenities. Itis gardened by over 40 residents. Sections of the garden are allocated for food plants (vegetables,herbs, and spices) as well as flowering and ornamental plants.
Plans & Strategies…Pasir Ris RC Zone 5, Pasir Ris Street 51One of the biggest community gardens in Singapore, this beautiful garden achieved the Platinum Awardand won the Best Community Garden. Over 70 residents are actively gardening here with a wide variety ofedible plants, succulent plants, and ornamental plants. Students from nearby schools visit this gardenregularly to learn about plants and the environment from the gardeners.
Plans & Strategies…Ivory Heights Condominium community garden, Jurong EastThis lovely garden achieved the Platinum Award and won the Best New Garden (Private Estate) in CIB Awards2008. It started in 2007 as a little gardening patch and has grown many folds to incorporate sculptures andresting corners where residents can gather and unwind.
Building A Vibrant & Sustainable Gardening NetworkSpringleaf Estate NC community garden, Thong Soon Neighbourhood ParkA relatively new gardening group, this community garden is home to a variety of flowering and ornamental plantsof different heights, colours and texture, which are cultivated alongside herbal and medicinal plants.
Building A Vibrant & Sustainable Gardening NetworkMayfair Park Estate community gardensThe Mayfair Park Estate Neighbourhood Committee community gardening project involves over half of the 150households in the estate. The project was successful due to effort put in by NC volunteers to encourage &sustain neighbours interest in beautifying their roadside verges in the estate.
Macpherson Primary School community gardenThis innovative school garden combines National Education with gardening, illustrating the importance of foodsustainability and self-sufficiency. In this garden students take turns to sustain the plants and use this garden asan outdoor classroom.
Assumption English School community gardenIn this inspirational school gardens, teachers and students work hand in hand with parent volunteers to organisetheir garden-related activities. Together, they achieved numerous awards at the Singapore Garden Festival,Sentosa Flower Show and other gardening competitions organised by various organisations.
U Live – Eco Club community garden, Downtown EastVolunteers from U Live – Eco Club got together to plan and plant this ‘Spa’ garden. In addition to maintainingthis garden regularly, volunteers organise activities such as gatherings and visits to plant nurseries,roadshows and garden display at the Singapore Garden Festival.
Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte Ltd community garden, Bedok SouthBlooming flowers and manicured gardens welcome workers and visitors to the factory premises of this MNC.Inside, a group of workers plant and cultivate their own herbs, spices and fruit trees. A garden at the rooftop isadorned with blooming flowers, where workers and visitors unwind.
Plans & Strategies…How to Start a Community Gardening projectStarting a community gardening project is now easier under the CIBprogram, with help from NParks and supporting partners.First, gather like-minded participants in your neighbourhood, school ororganisation. Then, approach your Residents/ Neighbourhood Committeeor the heads of your school/ organisation to obtain approval and supportfor the community gardening project.Next, contact NParks to help you determine a good gardening site, planout the garden layout, get tips on gardening, and link up with othergardening groups.A successful community garden needs long term commitment to sustainthe garden. Proper planning, including raising funds, organising activitiesto sustain interest and practising good gardening etiquettes are essentialfor the long term sustainability of the project.The guidance given by NParks to start-up groups are customisedaccording to their needs- from recruitment of participants to post-setting-up consultations.
Tips for Success Making it fun & easy for participants to enjoy their gardening activities will help keep interest alive & ensure long term viability of a community gardening project. - Mohd Azmi, Head (CIB), NParks We organise our own competitions forSuccessful community gardening projects are cultivated on: our gardeners to spur them & reward their good efforts.Proper Planning & Support - Philip Nah, Woodlands Zone 2 RC• organise & inspire your community towards the project We organise garden open days and• appoint a leader to encourage & motivate participants share plants from our garden with• spend some time to plan the garden details neighbours• raise funds to set up and sustain the garden - Gina Ong, Marine Crescent Ville RCActive participation Our staff is given time to do• allow creativity to plant gardening as in many ways, it helps• have a common understanding of roles and do’s & don’ts improve productivity. - Albert Quek, Yokogawa Engr Asia• create room for expansion• organise activities to engage nearby communities to get involved Our students express their creativity in planting their own school gardenGood Gardening practices & aesthetics and use their garden for fun outdoor• maintain good garden housekeeping learning.• practice good gardening habits - Normala Alias, Kranji Sec School• plant flowers and colourful plants to decorate the garden• allocate proper storage areas for Ornamental plants growing alongside food plants at Ivory Heights tools & materials
Plans & Strategies… Be A Community In Bloom Friend!How you can Sustain a Community Gardening project Love gardening and want to helpSustaining a community gardening project in the long term requires others enjoy gardening too?commitment by everyone involved. Project leaders play an important roleby: Sign up as a CIB Friend and look out for opportunities to help out in the• Creating an environment that supports the growth and continuity of the following areas:project. • Promote the benefits of• Adopting an inclusive approach that engages other members of the gardening during exhibitions andcommunity around the garden and providing opportunities for them to get community eventsinvolved will help prevent or ameliorate problems such as vandalism andpilferage. • Share skills with start-up community gardening groups to• Ensuring adequate material support and organising activities at the guide them in their projectgrassroots / organisational level to encourage and recognise contributionsare just some ways in which they can create a conducive environment forparticipants. • Conduct gardening talks • Take part in planting and maintenance activities
Plans & Strategies…How does NParks help sustain Community Gardening projectsApart from guiding start-up community gardening groups to plan theirgarden, NParks also organises activities at the national level:Community In Bloom Awards• Biennial gardening competition for community gardening groups tocelebrate their gardening efforts and achievementsCommunity In Bloom Friends scheme• A volunteer scheme that creates opportunities for individuals to helppromote the gardening bug and help others embark on gardeningCommunity In Bloom Ambassadors Award• An award given to volunteers and activists who have gone the extra mileto promote and help others enjoy gardeningSingapore Garden Festival• A premier international garden festival that features a gathering ofcommunity gardening groups, for them to showcase their efforts to visitorsGardening Talks• Regular gardening talks of varying and interesting topics organisedregional libraries, HortPark and Community ClubsGatherings & Networking sessions• Casual get-together sessions at HortPark where gardening groups canexchange ideas and plants
How can Schools sustain their gardening activitiesCommunity In Bloom Schools resources help teachers and students turn schoolgardens into outdoor classroom for fun and interactive learning. It helps children get to know betterabout the wonders of plants and our environment.The school garden is a great place to learn and practice science and mathematic skills,photographic skills, team building skills, etc. Available in both Primary and Secondary levels, theCIB Schools resources include activity sheets and lesson plans for teachers to facilitate self-directed learning among students. Visit the following website to browse or obtain a copy: www.nparks.gov.sg/cib_schools
Plans & Strategies…How You can help as volunteersCIB Friends and Ambassadors play an important role inbuilding the gardening network by helping to promote and let othersexperience the joy of gardening.They take part in gardening booths during community events to interactwith visitors and exchange gardening tips, they guide others to set upcommunity gardening projects, they conduct gardening talks, they openup their own community gardens to teach start up groups and they helporganise gardening-related activities. These are just some of the ways inwhich ‘CIB Friends’ volunteers are contributing their time and efforttowards promoting the love for gardening.To get to know your friendly Community In Bloom Ambassadors or tosign up as CIB Friends, visit: www.nparks.gov.sg/cib_ambassadors
National Gardening MovementSingapore’s gardening network comprises of hundreds of community gardening groups spread outislandwide. They are based in:• public and private housing estates – highrise and landed housing estates,• educational institutions – from pre-school to tertiary institutions• organisations - charities, places of worship, community clubs, corporations, hotels, etcThese community gardening groups regularly interact with one another through garden visits, exchangeof plants and gardening tips, and collaborate in events such as the Singapore Garden Festival. Throughthese initiatives, they help foster a sustainable national gardening movement.To find out your nearest community garden, or to include your community garden in the network, visit: www.nparks.gov.sg/cib_gardens
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