5 easy steps to starting a Community in Bloom Project in your School
Gardens may be situated in the compounds of schools. The gardens will be cultivated and maintained by students, teachers and volunteers.
Gardens may also be located at common green spaces within the neighbourhood, cared for by kindergartens and childcare centres based in public housing estates.
Download a copy of "Garden Leader's guide on community gardening projects" (PDF, 4.6MB) to find out how you can start a community garden with your team.
“I love gardening because it’s fun” - Nur Raihana, Kindergarten Student
"I find gardening very interesting because it’s very challenging” - Students
"I have a great time tending to the plants in my school garden. Gardening is cool!" - Mah Teng yue, Kranji Secondary School
Step 1. Form a gardening club
- Gather interested participants among the teachers and students to form a gardening group.
- Appoint a leader for your gardening group.
- Get a support from your school principal for your community gardening project.
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:
- Obstruction to other common amenities
- Ready water source
- Amount of sunlight that the site gets
- Level or sloping ground
- Inherent ground condition eg: water-logging
- Other safety considerations
Step 3. Organise a talk/workshop for teachers and/or students involved
- Organise a talk/workshop for the participants where NParks can share tips on good gardening practices and ideas on setting up their garden plots.
- Visit an established community garden in other schools 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 approved by your principal, 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.