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Amidst the scrim of a growing eco-conscious Singapore, the NPARKS or National Parks Board will be opened for leasing for the first time. NPARKS is leasing out spaces for gardens in the area. Any Singaporean who are passionate in gardening and farming are welcome.

The 2.5 sqm space area has a price of $57 annually for its rent and can be rented for three straight long years. The renter can utilize the area to plant vegetables, crops, flowers, ornamental plants or any plants they wanted.

About 1,000 of the said “allotment gardens ” would be distributed in 10 parks hopefully by 2019, shared NParks.

This project is one of the expansion programs of Edible Horticulture Plan which was launched the other day, Friday, November 03. The program includes ways to assist gardening and the training techniques initiatives.

Just this year,  a lot of newer gardens budded around the island, manifesting an intense passion for gardening beyond professional skills. Garden and plant lovers noticed that there are plenty of green thumbs around and they are joining the community.

The Minister of Social and Family Development, Mr. Desmond Lee announced on Friday, “Gardens sprouted not only in residential areas but also in different schools that includes those in indoors.

The Second Minister for National Development, Mr. Lee, revealed that 80 percent among the community gardeners under the program of NPark’s CIB or Community In Bloom planted vegetables in their leased plots.

He lobbied at the Community Garden Festival, held at HortPark across Alexandra Road, 9 am to 7 pm

The first allotment garden system began in 2016, and 80 of the allotment plots were reserved for Hort Park,  which was quickly grabbed by gardening enthusiasts.

By end of year, available allotment gardens that are for rent are open at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Parks, Pungol, and Clementi.

NParks provides the essentials in gardening such as an elevated garden plot that measures at least a waist-level high, water and soil. All the gardeners need to do is to provide their own gardening tools and the seeds.

Retired, 6o years old, Mrs. Emily Wong, has a plot around HortPark. She owns a plot of 2. 5 sqm, just adjacent to her niece’s plot also.  She stated, ” I felt some sense of ownership. In common community gardens,  identifying the boundary of what you own is bit tough. ”

As of the moment, there are over 1,300 groups of community gardens.

Part of the project of Edible Horticulture Plan, NParks is setting a goal of upgrading training system from the old training skills, required to be a qualified CIB gardener.

The newly implemented three-tiered training system anticipates a primary level, advanced strategies for edibles, ornamental plants, pollinator-attracting plants, as much as moving to the final level to be a CIB ambassador who will train a new set of gardeners.

The public flocked to the festival, attending symposiums, seminars related to gardening, buying at retail market areas and tours.

“The gardens are mesmerizing,” said, Rosna Hamde, a 47 -year-old housewife.” This is my second time of attending festival since my first which was in 2015. I came because I am interested in the talks, tours and cooking demonstrations”, she added.

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