Community in Bloom is a programme initiated by NParks to encourage and facilitate the public to take up gardening, individually or as a community activity. Other government agencies, grassroots bodies, and non-government organisations are key partners in the Community in Bloom programme.
2. What is community gardening?
A generic term used widely to describe gardening collectively by the community on common green areas.
3. What is a community-based garden?
A community-based garden is a place which the community takes pride in looking after together. It usually consists of landscaped flowerbeds, herbs, spices, or vegetables, and is situated within the common spaces of estates, schools, or organisations.
4. What are the key thrusts of Community in Bloom programme?
There are 4 categories of community-based gardens:
Gardens along roadsides in front of homes within private housing estates.
Gardens in common green areas within public housing estates.
Gardens within the compounds of schools. For kindergartens and childcare centres in HDB void decks, the gardens may be located in common green areas near their centres.
Gardens within the premises of organisations such as hospitals, hospices, welfare homes and places of worship. For those located in HDB void decks, the gardens may be located in common green areas within the neighbourhood.
5. When was the Community in Bloom programme launch?
The Community in Bloom programme was officially launched in 26th May 2005.
6. How can HDB residents start their gardening projects?
To start, about 5 to 10 residents may get together and approach their Resident Committee (RC) to get support. It is vital that among this group, there is/are residents who have good knowledge in gardening, to lead the group.
The RC may then obtain permission from HDB branch office and the Town Council, to secure a suitable plot of land for their gardening activities.
NParks and the Town Council will assist the RC in assessing the suitability of the plot for gardening. NParks will then extend horticultural advice and tips to the residents.
RC should set aside funds for the project. Some considerations:
7. How can residents of private estates start their gardening projects?
Residents whose houses are located in estates with roadside verges may start gardening on the roadside verge in front of their properties, on their own.
Alternatively, they may collectively approach their Neighborhood Committee (NC) to get support.
Through the NC, NParks will extend horticultural advice and tips to residents in landscaping their frontage gardens. NParks will also assist in preparing the ground on the roadside verges for the residents to garden.
However, residents have to obtain their own plants.