More than 300 shrubs planted to attract more butterflies to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Students planting shrubs at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - More than 300 shrubs were planted on Friday (July 24) at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to attract more butterflies to its butterfly habitat.

While some 25 different species of butterflies have already been spotted at the park, it is hoped that the new plants will attract another five to seven species of butterflies, including the Leopard Lacewing and Grass Demon.

With the newcomers, the habitat now has 15 more new plant species to provide food for butterflies and caterpillars. The planting of the shrubs today is also expected to double the size of the butterfly habitat, which is now about 260 sq m.

About 100 youth as well as representatives from the National Parks Board (NParks) and April Group - a pulp and paper company which has its corporate headquarters in Singapore - took part in the event on Friday. Mrs Josephine Teo, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, was also present as the guest of honour.

The effort to spruce up the butterfly habitat is part of the April Group's $100,000 five-year sponsorship, which will also go towards the planting of 250 trees at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park later this year.

Mr Kong Yit San, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Parks Management and Lifestyle at NParks, said: "The butterfly habitat will be an asset, enhancing the biodiversity in the park, while providing an outlet for green-fingered community members to forge new friendships and an educational platform for neighbouring schools."

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