Celebrating SG50 through Community Partnership with Singapore’s National Parks Board
APRIL Group marked the announcement of its partnership with Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) with a community shrub-planting event at Singapore’s Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park this week, enhancing the Butterfly Habitat as part of APRIL Group’s contribution to Singapore’s Jubilee.
This effort to enhance the Butterfly Habitat at the park forms part of APRIL Group’s five-year sponsorship of S$100,000 to NParks through its registered charity. The APRIL-NParks partnership includes putting in place educational signage for the enhanced Butterfly Habitat, as well as the planting of 250 trees in the park later this year.
Friday morning’s event was hosted by APRIL Group Chairman, Bey Soo Khiang, and attended by representatives from NParks, local school children and delegates from the ASEAN Power Shift 2015 conference, as well as Mrs Josephine Teo, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, who graced the event as Guest-of-Honour.
Together more than 300 shrubs were planted, creating a natural and thriving environment for butterflies to breed. 15 new plant species were added with the objective of attracting five-to-seven more butterfly species to the biodiversity of the current habitat.
The enhanced butterfly habitat will support urban biodiversity and provide a nurturing habitat for butterfly, dragonfly and even birds to grow in the heart of Singapore. It will also be a natural environment for learning, including APRIL’s schools programme – ‘The Fascinating World of Forestry™’ – where students are engaged and educated on the need to manage our environment and resources responsibly, so that we can all enjoy the tree based products made sustainably for generations to come.
The partnership is an extension of APRIL Group’s commitment to conservation and community engagement and is a particularly meaningful way for the Singapore headquartered company to jointly mark an important milestone in Singapore’s history through greening and enhancing the biodiversity of Singapore.
APRIL Group was also pleased to share the event with young environmentalists from 10 Southeast Asia nations in Singapore for ASEAN Power Shift 2015, the inaugural ASEAN youth climate change conference. The presence of this next generation of leaders reminds us that environmental concerns are regional and multi-faceted. These are young leaders who have the job of continuing with our journey towards a sustainable future.