One of the things that we love most about this city is definitely how we are surrounded by green slopes in an urban landscape! Last November, we had the opportunity to put our hearts and hands together for a wonderful day of mass tree-planting.

The event took place at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on 28 November 2015. It was part of the Clean and Green SG50’s campaign to plant more than 5,000 trees last year! It was a huge honour for us to be part of this national drive, even through our small personal actions such as tree planting.

It was all clear skies and bright eyes when we gathered at the park on a Saturday morning. Check out the amazing turnout! Student volunteers from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), NGOs and members of the public all teamed up to plant 250 trees for this event!

And so it began – APRIL Group President, Mr Praveen Singhavi kick-started the event with Mr Kong Yit San, Assistant CEO of National Parks Board (NPB) and Mr Edwin Seah, Executive Director of Singapore Environment Council (SEC).

The crowd then dispersed into teams to get our green fingers busy! The experts from NPB led us to our separate locations, where each of the 250 trees will be planted.

For most of us, it was our first time planting trees. Truth be told, we didn’t know what to expect! But that fact didn’t stop us from fulfilling our mission. The staff from NPB patiently shared with us their technical know-how.

Even the young ones didn’t want to miss out on role-playing farmers for a day! Imagine the stories they will tell when they revisit this spot 20 to 30 years down the road.

In Singapore, we are often surrounded by green landscapes no matter where we are that we sometimes forget how amazing it is to be part of such natural wonder. Environment-related initiatives which include collaboration among private, public and the community sectors make us realise how we can all be part of creating environmental sustainability- even through our small, personal actions. May we continue to contribute to this clean and green island!

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