Welcoming the new Lunar Year with Friends of Sungei Buloh.
After the traditional Lo-hei, the delicious vegetarian salad was a great start to good nature practice, followed by mangrove tree planting just outside the Visitor Centre, in a small plot of converted landscape, to be used as a mini wetlands for young visitors.
Watched a demo by a Nparks staff, Win, and donning a pair of oversized Phua Chu Kang Boots (yellow), my digging was started literally with a bang. My specially designed shovel struck a big rock! With help from ShuFeng and another we extracted it and succeeded in planting my first mangrove plant, a Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (Tumu in Malay). Happy and very satisfied with myself, I started on a second plant.
My choice of the next mangrove plant was a more ambitious one. A much larger one with help from Mr Wong T W , this time an Ultraman, as Mr Wong called it. Its the Heritiera littoralis, or Dungon. The seeds, winged ones, have some semblance to the Japanese cartoon sci-fi character by the same name.
Here are the plants I planted.
Its was a great start to a new year with the group’s contribution to our wetlands, in this small but symbolic way of conservation and a common spirit of comaraderie-for-nature.