TODAY: A new biodiversity haven

Tampines Eco Green is now open, TODAY reports. The new green space features marshes, a secondary rainforest, and more is a sanctuary for flora and fauna.  Worth noting is the use of recycled materials and eco-labelled products, as well as the eco toilet. Full story below.

A new biodiversity haven

SINGAPORE – This newly-opened haven for biodiversity in Tampines features not just marshes, secondary rainforest and freshwater ponds for its wildlife denizens – but also novel eco-friendly facilities for its human visitors.

Take the waterless eco-toilet, the first of its kind in a public park in Singapore.

It breaks down human waste using bacteria and wood shavings, converting it into compost. Biodegradable cleaning agents and a good ventilation system keep it hygienic and odour-free.

More than 700 students and residents in the east got a taste of the Tampines Eco Green park’s human and creature-friendly comforts yesterday, through a visit organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) to mark the International Year of Forests and Earth Day.

To lure birds, butterflies and other fauna, NParks introduced trees and plants that produce abundant nectar and fruit, as well as tall grasses. Dead trees sited away from footpaths are not removed, so as to serve as nest sites for birds such as woodpeckers.

For its human visitors, the park features a viewing platform, a natural vegetated drainage system that traps particulate pollutants, bird hides and green roofs on all the rest shelters.

All park furniture, including the signs and benches, are made from recycled materials and environmentally-friendly labelled products. And at night, the park is not lit – so as to minimise disturbance to the sensitive wildlife.

NParks’ assistant chief executive (Parks Management and Lifestyle) Mr Kong Yit San said the development of Tampines Eco Green was in line with NParks’ efforts to provide a park for everyone and enhance the quality of life for residents.

The park, which provides a tranquil sanctuary for nature recreation and education, complements two existing ones in the vicinity: Sun Plaza Park, which offers amenities for community activities, and Tampines Bike Park, which provides an adventure cycling trail.

Joining the students and residents yesterday were the advisers to the Tampines Grassroots Organisations Mr Mah Bow Tan – also the Minister for National Development – Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Ms Irene Ng, Mr Ong Kian Min and Mr Sin Boon Ann; as well as special guests Mr Steve Tan and Mr Heng Swee Keat, both People’s Action Party candidates for the upcoming elections.

Image taken from BasBoerman


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