Biodiverse Edible Garden at Jurong Central Park
This is a place-making initiative for transforming an under-utilised green lawn in a public park space into a garden space for food, biodiversity and people. The National Parks Board (NParks) is interested to have Mr Tang replicate his success in creating biodiverse edible gardens in parks. NParks is also supportive of the Collective’s call for food forests, community composting and agrihood in Singapore. NParks invited Foodscape Collective and Mr Tang to work together to propose a community-based initiative that they can support.
We first dug the soil on Christmas Eve 2019. We are at the stage of nurturing the team, where Mr Tang set the philosophy and approach for growing, and there is collective responsibility and leadership by all involved. It has been interesting to observe how we step up and support one another, and how we trust one another even if we only met once or twice.
Prior to starting the garden, the team was concerned about how best to engage local residents. We realised that by being there, working on what we believe in, and having the space, time and conversations to learn from one another is a good way to draw in interested residents who are also willing to contribute.
The proposal team has ideas for secondary projects, e.g. to survey the food heritage knowledge of local residents, and children illustrated books based on the stories of the Collective’s learnings.
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