Visitors to KL’s urban forest park indulge in eco day celebrations

Children picking tree branches to build wildlife habitat at the Taman Tugu Nursery.

THE Taman Tugu Eco Day, a plan towards the preservation and conservation of the urban forest park, celebrated its first anniversary at the Taman Tugu Nursery, Kuala Lumpur.

The eco day celebrates the effort of various groups, including schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and corporations, in safeguarding the environment as part of the Taman Tugu Project.

The project is a not-for-profit corporate social responsibility initiative led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad with the support of the public and private sector as well as organisations.

Taman Tugu Project executive director Calvin Jacob said eco day was an occasion for people to get close to nature.

“We want people from all walks of life and different communities to join the eco day.

“We also provided free transportation to underprivileged children to join in the celebrations,” he said, adding that the activities and food were free.

He said it was hoped that through the eco day celebrations, others would be encouraged to organise similar activities in their communities.

Several NGOs set up environmentally themed booths at the site that day.

Visitors, who arrived early in the morning, participated in the Zumba session as well as a guided trail walk at the Taman Tugu Nursery.

The Taman Tugu Project, Calvin said, was about conserving a 66-acre green lung and ensuring an urban forest park was available in the city.

“Our future plan for Taman Tugu is to have a sustainable funding model, so we can operate and maintain it,” he said, adding that such projects required the cooperation of the government and private sector as well as public support.

“There are more than 5,000 trees here in the Taman Tugu Project that help absorb carbon to build a greener environment.

“We have more than 30 classes a month known as ‘Green School’. People can attend classes for free and the purpose is to deepen awareness concerning the environment.

“The Taman Tugu Project is also about creating a space for people so that they can come and enjoy it,” said Calvin.

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