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New initiative to share excess harvest

We thank Miss Lee Kay Yan for her feedback (A little foraging for fruit and plants won't hurt; March 28).

In early March, the National Parks Board started an initiative to share excess harvest with the public, as part of efforts to reduce horticultural waste.

Termed "Harvest Corner", extra herbs and horticulture material generated from gardening sessions by volunteers are gathered and made available to members of the public.

This pilot project, which began in the Spice Garden at Fort Canning Park and will continue to run every Friday, has seen positive response from park visitors.

While individuals may be keen to learn about Singapore's natural heritage through nature-based activities, we caution against tasting fruits or leaves collected from roads, parks or forest edges, as consuming the wrong species may cause physical discomfort.

We caution against tasting fruits or leaves collected from roads, parks or forest edges, as consuming the wrong species may cause physical discomfort.

Members of the public who wish to learn more about our flora in Singapore can also download our DIY walks e-guides at www.nparks.gov.sg/eguides

Chia Seng Jiang

Group Director, Parks

National Parks Board

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 02, 2017, with the headline 'New initiative to share excess harvest'. Print Edition | Subscribe