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Green plots for young and old among Community In Bloom award winners

This year's Community In Bloom winners include a garden that is a learning spot for preschoolers

Published on Jul 5, 2014 1:05 PM

Community gardeners here have long been enjoying the fruits of their labour and the green pockets they created in their backyards. Sustaining these gardens near their homes, offices and schools on their own time and expense, these amateur gardeners have impressed the professionals.

To recognise their efforts, the National Parks Board (NParks) has given 15 community gardens each a Diamond Award - a new prize at its biennial Community In Bloom Awards.

This title is given to communal patches that have won three consecutive Platinum Awards in the past. The Diamond Award is the highest accolade given to a garden after Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. The awards will be presented during the Singapore Garden Festival 2014 at Gardens by the Bay next month.

The Diamond Award was created this year to mark the 10th year of the Community In Bloom programme, which has seen more than 700 gardens sprouting up around the island since its launch. These are created around Housing Board estates, where there are communal areas; areas outside private houses and condominiums; as well as within schools and offices.

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