Metta Welfare Association is proud to be among the four chosen recipients out of 700 community gardens to attain the prestigious Environmental & Biodiversity Award in NParks’ Community in Bloom Awards 2014 .
For several years, our staff and clients have taken to actively participate in flourishing our community garden, attracting a kaleidoscope of living species from butterflies and birds, to micro-organisms and plant species variants. Our hard work has paid off this year when we are recognised by NParks to be one of the best environmental and bio diversified gardens in Singapore in their Community in Bloom programme.
Introduced in May 2005, the Community in Bloom (CIB) programme was spearheaded by NParks to kick-start a contribution to a green and unique landscape of Singapore.
The programme aims to create gardening communities within housing estates, educational institutions and organisations in Singapore by partnering various stakeholders including residents, government agencies, grassroots organisations, schools and organisations.
Apart from just being a green city, the CIB programme promotes community involvement in gardening by recognising the good efforts in creating and maintaining them. The community also encourages the interactive sharing of creative gardening ideas.
Today, NParks have more than 700 CIB gardens in Singapore.
CIB Award Judging Criteria
a) Level of Community Involvement
- Planning, setting up, maintaining and managing the garden.
- Activities and events (gatherings, celebrations, talks, training, learning, outings, etc) related to the garden programme.
- Support for the garden programme – Partnerships with other communities, resources, and strategies to sustain the garden.
b) Garden Quality
- Garden Design – General appearance (aesthetic), landscaping creativity / originality and practical use of garden layout.
- Plants and Hard Landscape Elements – Use of ornamental plants, suitable plant selection, health of plants, state of soil and use of suitable hard landscape elements (paving, trellises, sculptures, retaining walls, lightings, pots etc).
- Maintenance – Quality of up-keep and environmental safety.
c) Environmental & Biodiversity Quality
- Plant Variety – The number of different plants that increase biodiversity.
- Reduce, Reuse & Recycle where possible to create a positive impact on the environment.
- Habitat Creation – Creating a suitable environment to attract local fauna.
The awards ceremony took place on 23 August 2014, Saturday at the Singapore Garden Festival held at Gardens by the Bay.
With this wonderful achievement as a strong motivation, we will no doubt continue to uphold our gardening efforts, high quality and standards to serve as a beacon and inspiration to other community gardeners in our neighbourhood and around Singapore.
For more photos of our bio-diverse flora and fauna, please visit our Metta Welfare Association Facebook.