MPS’ community garden project aims to create green lungs and improve landscape

Shamsul and others admiring the healthy plants in the Taman Samudera Community Garden in Gombak. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

COMMUNITY Garden is an initiative under Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) to encourage people to create green lungs in their neighbourhoods.

The council had established the programme in 2016 covering all 24 zones in the municipality.

MPS president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Nor said the programme was one of the initiatives by the Green Neighbourhood Working Committee under Local Agenda 21 (LA21).

“The programme enables residents to get involved in identifying development and maintenance issues in their areas.

“If we are committed under LA21, we can achieve our objective of creating a comfortable, safe and harmonious environment as well as produce a healthy community that is responsible towards the environment, social and economic issues.

“The main objective of Community Garden and Edible Garden is to encourage people to carry out small-scale agricultural activities in residential areas, ” he said.

Shamsul added that the programme would stimulate the production of food from a variety of plants, which would in turn help to boost the local economy besides encouraging community-based agricultural activities.

Shamsul said Edible Garden would also make the landscape attractive, with people cultivating herbal plants, vegetables and fruit trees.

“It is an initiative to inspire people to reduce their cost of living via alternative ways and create awareness among the community to produce their own fresh and safe food, ” he explained.

The Laman Rakyat Bandar Baru Selayang Community Garden team who won RM1,500 in the Best Maintenance category.The Laman Rakyat Bandar Baru Selayang Community Garden team who won RM1,500 in the Best Maintenance category.

The closing ceremony of Community Garden programme and Edible Garden contest for the year 2019 was held at the Taman Samudera Community Garden in Gombak.

There were three categories — Best Community Garden, Best Plot of Community Garden and Best Maintenance of Community Garden — for the contest.

The winners, who received cash prizes and trophies, were selected based on criteria such as teamwork, skills, theme accuracy, concept, function and usage as well as crop yields.

The Best Plot category was won by Kusaini Mat Dahan, 66, who planted mustard greens in the Taman Samudera Community Garden.

Laman Rakyat Bandar Baru Selayang Community Garden, set up in 2016, was awarded the prize for Best Maintenance.

The competition’s coveted Best Community Garden award went to Taman Samudera Community Garden.

Kusaini, who is the garden’s committee deputy head, said he was very happy over the double win.

“These achievements would not have been possible without commitment from people in this residential area.

“Their cooperation is the key to our success in building a community garden for the public.

“More than a garden, we want to create a multipurpose space for people in the neighbourhood to spend their leisure time, ” he added.

Kusaini said his interest in gardening and domestic agricultural activities was nurtured after retirement.

“I am managing and planting the fruit trees as well as vegetables in this garden. I am doing what I love.

“We sell the produce at the morning market near the garden once a month

“We sell it cheaply and a portion of the money is donated while the rest is used to buy seeds and fertilisers, ” he said.

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