Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Celebrating Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor

It’s time for some positive news about the Park…

There was a ‘Celebration of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor’ held at the Ampang Recreational Forest, at the end of last year.  As the name suggests, the celebration was a fun and exciting event, building a bond between the community and the Park. 

For many of the participants, it was the most fun they had in a long time.   To some it was also an introduction to Selangor’s magnificent tropical forest.   The Ampang Recreational Forest, a hidden natural gem, was abuzz with laughter and good spirits as residents took part in the different activities that were organised for the day.  

The main event was the heritage hunt, an amusing and educational race emphasizing the importance of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor.  Running helter-skelter from one station to another, teams had to solve puzzles, become water scientists, break codes and feed leeches while looking for names of trees.    The hunt was flagged off by Tuan Haji Yusoff bin Muda, Director of the Forestry Department of Selangor.

Various activities were open to the rest of the public who were present and not participating in the hunt.   While some went on the guided jungle trek, others browsed through the exhibition, participated in the stream ecology and nature craft sessions, face painting and family fun games that were being run.   

The event also introduced the community to tips on going green.  For example, for many participants, this was the first time they saw environment friendly packaging in the form of sugarcane fibre eco-packs.  

There was a rush towards the end of the heritage hunt as teams raced to return their completed forms within the time limit. While waiting for the results to be announced, participants relaxed and had a bite to eat.  They also checked out the other activities that were going on and took part in fun games.     

Prizes were given out by YB Tuan Lee Kim Sin, ADUN Kajang.   The winners for the heritage hunt were the team from Setapak High.   Bringing the celebration to a memorable close, residents together with YB Tuan Lee planted trees to commemorate the event.

“Celebrating Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor” at Taman Rimba Ampang was organised by TrEES in partnership with the Forestry Department of Selangor and Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) with the support of the Selangor State Government.   

TrEES hopes to organise more celebrations in and around the Park.  Contact TrEES if you’d like to get involved!

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