The Lucite International Singapore (LISPL) site is celebrating achieving Gold at the 2018 Community in Bloom (CIB) Awards. From beginning their gardening club in 2016 with just a few potted plants and a few passionate employees, they have grown through the help of the National Parks Board (NParks) and encouraging even more budding LISPL gardeners to join.  Since winning Bronze at the biennial Community in Bloom (CIB) Awards in 2016, their hard work and dedication continues to be recognized. Kum Yuen Leo, Production Manager at LISPL, told us more.

 

“Launched in 2005, the Singapore Community in Bloom (CIB) programme was created by the National Parks Board (NParks) to motivate and encourage community gardeners to improve the standards of their gardens, and continue to enjoy gardening as a fun and healthy activity.”

“This year NParks has been spearheading the CIB programme to create gardening communities within housing estates, educational institutions and organizations in Singapore by partnering various stakeholders including residents, government agencies, grassroots organizations, and schools. Today, there are over 1000 CIB groups in Singapore.”

“The biennial CIB Awards aim to promote the gardening movement by; recognizing and rewarding gardening efforts by community gardening groups, motivating and encouraging community gardeners to enjoy gardening as a fun and healthy activity and setting and improving the standards of gardens located in communal spaces.”

“LISPL is passionate about maintaining and growing the gardens, not only to achieve an award winning status, but for the physical and mental benefits it brings to fellow colleagues. Physical exercise and being able to enjoy the harvested fruits and herbs are just a few of the benefits to employees.”

 

Six independent judges determined the winners from criteria including:

– Community involvement: the number of volunteers used and participation in NParks events.

– Garden quality: garden aesthetics, biotic and abiotic factors of plants, garden amenities, garden cleanliness and safety.

– Environmental quality and biodiversity: recycling efforts, environmentally friendly practices, butterfly and bird attracting plants.

We look forward to see how the gardens will evolve and grow in the future.