Date: 26 April 2019
Location: Taman Tugu
Colas Rail Asia (“CRA”), one of Europe’s leading railway sector experts, assisted us and our partner Global Environment Centre (“GEC”) to restore the stream at the Taman Tugu Phase 2 trails this morning.
The session started at the Taman Tugu Nursery with a brief by GEC about the waterways and their importance to the ecosystem followed by details of the activity. From there, the team was taken on a guided forest trail walk to the stream at the Phase 2 trails.
Due to the heavy downfall the day before, the CRA team cleared up forest debris from the source and other parts of the stream to allow for the water to flow smoothly and to ensure cleanliness. Then wetland plants, which also act as natural water filters, such as Cattail and Coco-Yam, were planted at the river banks. These plants absorb heavy metals from the water body, naturally cleaning the water.
After the activity, the team continued with the guided forest walk back to Taman Tugu Nursery. After the laborious yet fulfilling activity, the Colas Rail Asia team wrapped the day up with their townhall session followed by lunch at the Taman Tugu Nursery.
Members from the CRA team were pleasantly surprised by this forest in the city – they didn’t know such a place existed and are grateful for the forest regeneration efforts. They stated they will frequent Taman Tugu with their families.
The stream restoration is an ongoing process and we are aiming to fully restore the stream in order for it to further balance the ecosystem of Taman Tugu as rivers and streams are an integral part of the ecosystem. Additionally, we are in collaboration with GEC to run the Taman Tugu River Open Education Centre which is an outdoor classroom focusing on river conservation – teaching about the importance of our local waterways and empowering people to protect the waterways from pollution. The aim of the classroom is to create a river care society, acquiring strong environmental values, and becoming more environmentally sustainable especially on our river source.
We aspire for these restoration activities and outdoor classroom sessions to instill a sense of ownership and care towards the environment and nature and act as a platform for people to be exposed to nature, understand where our water comes from, and to value it. These efforts are for the general public and we hope that by getting them to spend more time with nature, it will make them guardians of it.
We would like to express our heartiest gratitude to Colas Rail Asia for their donation in support of the Taman Tugu Project and conservation of public green spaces.
If you or your organisation would like to organise any events and/ or activities at Taman Tugu, or if you are interested or would like to get your children to participate in the River Open Education Centre programme, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.