Tampines has demonstrated that we can continue to celebrate special moments together, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 5 December, the annual Tree Planting Day at Tampines Park was broadcasted live on Zoom and Facebook Live with over 2,000 residents joining in virtually. Tampines made a strong statement on that very day: harnessing video conferencing technology to rally the community for a significant event despite the pandemic.
Our MPs for Tampines GRC and Guest Adviser Minister of State Mr Desmond Tan planted two Terap trees (Artocarpus odoratissimus) while our partners and grassroots leaders planted five Island Lychee trees (Pometia pinnata). Zoom participants also joined in the fun by planting microgreens using small gardening kits given to them by Tampines Town Council. They were featured on the LED screen display holding up their small pots of edible greens proudly. It was an uplifting sight of a united Tampines!
The tree-planting ceremony launched the Sustainability @ Tampines Park project to promote community food security. The distribution of gardening kits encourages our residents to grow their edible greens in support of the nation’s “30 by 30” goal.