SINGAPORE - Just as the plants in a garden grow roots and flourish, setting up this community garden helped students and older residents form a bond.
It was retired teacher and avid gardener Wong Phui Sian, 72, who first thought of setting up a garden at the Yuhua constituency this year. He wanted to add gardening to the list of activities for him and his exercise partners.
Said Mr Wong: "I wanted to help the senior citizens do more than just take part in exercises every morning."
The then Yuhua Zone 2 Resident Committee (RC) chairman discussed with the Housing Board about setting up the garden.
At a series of exhibitions in October last year to launch the HDB Greenprint, Yuhua residents chose Community Gardening as their Green Interest.
The HDB Greenprint is a key initiative under HDB's Roadmap to Better Living in HDB Towns. The initiative is to bring sustainable living into existing HDB estates. After the exhibitions, HDB and Yuhua Zone 2 RC jointly identified an open land space at Block 232 Jurong East Street 21 to be the site for a new community garden.
Since the land was next to Shuqun Secondary School, HDB invited the school to adopt the garden alongside the residents in a true community partnership.
After the site was decided on, it was time to choose a design for the green space.
Students from the school's Science and Environment Club (SEC) were invited to share their initial concepts through drawings. These were displayed at a community event in March to gather residents' feedback.