Com­mu­nity gar­den­ing at City of Elmina

New Straits Times - - BUSINESS - Ooi Tee Ching

SHAH ALAM: Sime Darby Prop­erty Bhd has launched the Elmina Com­mu­nity Ed­i­ble Gar­dens at the City of Elmina, the first town­ship in Malaysia ded­i­cated to well­ness and live­abil­ity.

The com­mu­nity ed­i­ble gar­dens is a new ini­tia­tive by

Sime Prop­erty and sup­ported by the Shah Alam City Coun­cil (MBSA).

It will pro­vide res­i­dents with the space to grow veg­eta­bles and herbs while at the same time nur­tur­ing healthy re­la­tion­ships within the com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity ed­i­ble gar­dens ini­tia­tive boasts of more than 100 plots at the Elmina Cen­tral Park in Elmina West.

Sime Prop­erty hopes to in­crease the al­lot­ments and will be in­tro­duc­ing sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives across other de­vel­op­ment phases in the 2,010ha City of Elmina, sub­ject to suit­abil­ity of the area and re­sponse from res­i­dents.

Sime Prop­erty aims to es­tab­lish com­mu­nity ed­i­ble gar­den­ing as a key part of sus­tain­able liv­ing for the fu­ture.

It has linked the com­mu­nity ed­i­ble gar­dens to an or­ganic waste re­cy­cling pro­gramme.

It also aims to co­or­di­nate more pro­grammes with MBSA and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­crease knowl­edge-shar­ing and en­cour­age whole­some liv­ing among the res­i­dents.

“A thriv­ing and vi­brant com­mu­nity is only achiev­able by nur­tur­ing strong and healthy re­la­tion­ships be­tween res­i­dents and through en­cour­ag­ing an ac­tive life­style,” said Sime Prop­erty gen­eral man­ager Ap­pollo Leong.

“There is noth­ing more im­por­tant than es­tab­lish­ing a func­tional com­mu­nity to en­sure pros­per­ity and har­mony within the town­ship.”

Com­mu­nity gar­den­ing would make the lives of Elmina West res­i­dents more sus­tain­able and help re­duce car­bon emis­sions, he said.

By grow­ing lo­cally, the com­mu­nity would con­sume lo­cally and buy lo­cally, with­out the need for ad­di­tional lo­gis­tics that might harm the en­vi­ron­ment in the long run, he added.

The com­mu­nity ed­i­ble gar­dens con­cept is one of the sus­tain­abil­ity fea­tures that was in­cluded in the City of Elmina town­ship master plan.

Leong said the gar­dens sup­ported the town­ship’s eight pil­lars of well­ness cov­er­ing spir­i­tual, so­cial, emo­tional, en­vi­ron­men­tal, phys­i­cal, in­tel­lec­tual, oc­cu­pa­tional and fam­ily.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with con­stant food sup­ply, the ini­tia­tive pro­motes co­op­er­a­tion and to­geth­er­ness — a plat­form that builds car­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Ap­pollo Leong

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