5 easy steps to starting a Community in Bloom Project in your Public Housing Estate
Gardens may be situated in common green areas within HDB estates or nearby parks. They are cultivated by residents and managed by the Residents’ Committees.
“I got involved in Community in Bloom because I love gardening. We mix with all ages and races. From there, we can actually get to know one and another; the bond is there”
Regina Lock, Resident (Balam Road)
Step 1. Form a gardening group
- Gather interested participants among your neighbours and form a gardening group.
- Appoint a leader for your gardening group.
- Get support from the Resident Committee (RC) of your estate for your community gardening project.
- Inform Town Council to obtain concurrence and support.
Step 2. Identify a suitable site for the garden
Contact NParks to help you select a suitable location for the proposed community garden. The following points should be considered when selecting a gardening site.
- Location of nearby residential blocks
- Obstruction to other common amenities
- Ready water source
- Amount of sunlight that the site gets
- Level or sloping ground
- Inherent ground conditions eg: water-logging
- Other safety considerations
Step 3. Organise a sharing session for the participants
- Organise a sharing session for residents where NParks can share tips on good gardening practices and ideas on setting up their garden plots.
- Recruit more participants for the gardening project through the session.
- Visit an established community garden in other estates to learn and exchange tips.
Step 4. Plan your garden
With guidance from NParks, determine the following details:
- Garden theme - eg: Fruit garden, Kitchen garden, Edible Garden, Ornamental Garden, etc.
- Plant selection - eg: Fruit trees, Vegetables, Herbs, Spices, Flowers, etc.
- Garden scale - Number of participants that determines the size of the garden.
- Garden design - Schematic layout of the gardening beds according to the garden theme and the location of the different types of plants.
Step 5. Plant your garden
- Once the garden plan is endorsed by the Town Council, prepare the groundwork through DIY or by engaging a suitable contractor.
- Purchase plants, gardening materials and tools.
- Start gardening immediately, to avoid hardening or erosion of soil.