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Engage Cicada Tree Eco-Place to set up these specialised garden plots as a living resource for teachers and students

Local food plants

Coronavirus Survivor Mini-farm:

Attention everyone!

Picking up the skill to grow your own edible food plants is now more crucial than ever!

Your food garden can be on your balcony, common corridor, or front yard.

As long as you have a sunny site, you can grow vegetables, herbs, mini fruit plants and wild greens, in a variety of containers, or in the ground.

We can customise-design and set up a plot of any size and scale to suit your time and abilities.

Attention all teachers!

We can create plant study plots in your schools, of any theme, size and cost.

These in-school garden plots will be living resources for you and your students at your doorstep.

Here are several themes to get your students curious about our amazing plant kingdom:

Plant Study plot:

A curated collection of flowering and non-flowering plants to study a diversity of growth forms, leaf shapes and patterns, colours and textures. Key topics: diversity, adaptation, reproduction modes.

Strange Plants! plot:

This plot will feature plants with strange forms and incredible abilities that help them survive in their habitats. The pitcher plant is a carnivore, while the ant plant has a symbiotic relationship with ants. Others such as the air plants simply grow dangling in the air using their specialised leaves to absorb water and nutrients. Parasitic plants grow roots into their host plant victims to steal nutrients.

Evolution plot:

A curated collection of floral living fossils to showcase how plant life have evolved over millennia. Worm-like liverworts, fuzzy mosses, feathery ferns and spiky cycads have been around even before the age of the dinosaurs. And they are still here today…unchanged!

Mangrove Plants plot:

A selection of plants from our native mangrove forest ecosystem to showcase their unusual adaptations to their unique habitat.

Wall Garden plot:

This plot will showcase the cliff-hangers and rock climbers of the plant world. Their special adaptations and growth habits can be easily studied without the skill and need to climb a rock wall.

Wildflower Meadow plot:

Don’t be square, have a shaggy wildflower meadow! Is a well-manicured garden not your cup of tea?

Do you like plants to grow as they please? Does a tapestry of mixed-up flowers delight you? Then this is the perfect garden for you.

Useful Plants plot:

Food wrappers, baskets, mats, brooms, bags, tools.…these are just a few of the numerous items made of plant materials that we use in our daily life. This plot will showcase plants and their amazing variety of uses.

And also:

Fungi plot:

Watching fungi form and grow is fun! This plot will feature dead logs and leaf litter to create a suitable habitat for fungi, and also a community of leaf litter critters.

Other garden themes:

Biodiversity, butterfly & moth, herb and vegetable, fragrant plants, roof garden, pond garden.

Any other special interest themed plots can be customised, designed, created and curated.


Contact us for suggestions and a cost quotation.

Email: contactctep@gmail.com

Check out some of the species of plants we have grown:

Malayan pangolins a suspected host of COVID-19: scientists

stop the killing and consumption of pangolins in illegal wildlife trade

PHOTO: Nicholas Yeo

The impact of COVID-19 on the world at large is unprecedented. Thousands of lives have been lost and the virus has wreaked havoc on the economy and global trade.

As at 28 March 2020, there were over 30,419 deaths across the world, with more expected in places far removed from the virus source.

There were over 1,700 deaths in the United States. In Italy alone, the death toll has crossed 10,000, overwhelming morgues. Spain lost 832 lives in 24 hours, adding to a death toll of 5690 — Madrid had to turn an ice skating rink into a morgue.


the illegal trade threatens public health worldwide

Pangolins were a suspected host for COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2), wrote scientists Lam, et al. (2020) in a report published in the “Nature” journal.

Their research — fast-tracked into publication in March to aid epidemiological research and the search for a vaccine or cure — identified cousins of COVID-19 or “SARS-CoV-2-related coronaviruses in Malayan pangolins (Manis javanica) seized in anti-smuggling operations in southern China”.

Cicada Tree Eco-Place has been rallying to Save the Pangolin since 2010. Cicada Tree Eco-Place’s very first fundraiser was a bold initiative to raise funds for a dedicated researcher to work with TRAFFIC on the illegal trade in pangolin.

The researchers conclude: “pangolins should be considered as possible hosts in the emergence of novel coronaviruses and should be removed from wet markets to prevent zoonotic transmission“.

Although the findings are disputed, the same Chinese team concluded that “Pangolin-CoV, was the second-closest relative of Sars-CoV-2 as the two viruses were 91.02 per cent identical”.

Scientists are not sure how COVID-19 moved from an animal to a human because the animal and patient zero – the first person to be infected – haven’t yet been identified.

Whatever the origin of the virus, the World Bank suggests that the illegal wildlife trade was likely the conduit through which COVID-19 carrying animals came into contact with humans. 70 percent of disease-causing pathogens discovered in the past 50 years come from animals, says the WHO.

How many more lives must be lost before we act?


Viruses and bacteria are spread because of human activities and we have seen this happen before.

In the case of COVID-19, human greed has exposed an otherwise elusive, nocturnal, burrowing, ant-eating animal into contact with humans — and other animals — with frightful consequences, say scientists. The New York Times reports:

We invade tropical forests and other wild landscapes, which harbor so many species of animals and plants — and within those creatures, so many unknown viruses. We cut the trees; we kill the animals or cage them and send them to markets. We disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts. When that happens, they need a new host. Often, we are it.

WE MADE THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC, DAVID QUAMMEN, NEW YORK TIMES, 28 JANUARY 2020

World Water Day 2020

22 March is World Water Day, observed by the United Nations. It has been commemorated globally for two decades.

Water and climate change issues are inextricably interlinked. Even as sea levels rise, unpredictable weather patterns have caused water shortages close to home.

In 2019, Johor in neighbouring Malaysia rationed water when water supply levels fell to dangerous lows. At Linggiu Reservoir, which provides Singapore’s water supply, levels fell to below 50 percent last year. In 2015, they fell to a historic low of 20 percent.

Water has been a bilateral sticking point between the two countries for years and this fact is not lost on our country’s leaders, as evident in a post by Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

The ongoing dry weather has caused Linggiu Reservoir to fall below half its capacity. This is the second time in less…

Posted by Masagos Zulkifli on Saturday, 28 September 2019

Singapore expects demand for water to double by 2060. As climate change results in unpredictable weather patterns, we must consciously manage water consumption.

Adapting to the new realities of climate change on water will protect health, the environment and save lives. Everyone must play their part to use water more efficiently.


Do you know the 5 W.A.T.E.R tips?

  • WASH clothes on full load
  • ALWAYS use half-flush when possible
  • TURN off shower when soaping
  • ENSURE tap is off when brushing teeth
  • RINSE vegetables in container

Sources: Make Every Drop Count, PUB | World Water Day, United Nations

Bats and Covid-19: Should we be afraid?

The novel coronavirus outbreak has been attributed to bats, which are host to a whole diversity of viruses. But bats are not at fault, and neither should we be afraid of these magnificent flying mammals.

In fact, scientists say that animal pathogens like viruses and bacteria are spread because of humans. The New York Times reports:

We invade tropical forests and other wild landscapes, which harbor so many species of animals and plants — and within those creatures, so many unknown viruses. We cut the trees; we kill the animals or cage them and send them to markets. We disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts. When that happens, they need a new host. Often, we are it.

We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic, DaviD QUAMMEN, NEW YORK TIMES, 28 January 2020

Singapore’s bats in the news

Watch an interview on Channel 8 on Singapore’s resident bats and Covid-19, featuring Andrew Tay, Dr George Jacobs and Dr Leong Tzi Ming. Statements in English.

Read more and watch the interview: https://www.8world.com/news/singapore/article/covid-19-bat-tours-1053046


不少研究将2019冠状病毒的来源指向蝙蝠,但不影响自然爱好者寻找蝙蝠的踪迹。受访专家表示,蝙蝠不会把病毒直接传播给人类。

晚上7点之后就会有蝙蝠出没。一群大自然爱好者星期六晚上相约到铁道走廊,寻找蝙蝠的踪迹。

徒步活动发起人乔治表示:“蝙蝠吃很多昆虫,蝙蝠也为植物传播花粉,所以我们需要蝙蝠。我们要公众了解和欣赏蝙蝠,我们想呈现的是, 冠状病毒会出现,不是蝙蝠的错。”

一名参与者表示:“没有证据显示蝙蝠和冠状病毒的关系,所以何必担心走进森林。”

另一名参与者说:“如果我们没有侵犯它们的话,我想他们应该也不会特地来打扰我们。”

领团的是本地非营利环保组织,它们从十多年前开始,每年会办两、三场的蝙蝠之旅。

非营利环保组织负责人郑德利说:“我们保持距离,我们不要太接近,毕竟它们都是野生动物。我们只想要观察他们,研究它们,只要政府允许 ,我们会继续这样的户外徒步活动。”

(Cicada Tree Eco-Place conducts two to three bat walks each year and has been doing so for the last decade.) We keep our distance (as) we don’t want to be close (to bats). These are all wild animals. We just want to observe them, study them. As long as the government permits it, we will continue with the outdoor nature walks.

Andrew Tay, CO-FOUNDER at Cicada Tree Eco-Place

我国有20多种蝙蝠的种类,大多数生活在森林和公园区,一般可以出现在棕榈树和香蕉树上。而像身后的这棵香蕉树,卷叶里头就可能有蝙蝠。

蝙蝠研究员梁智敏教授表示:“国人可能会有点过度小心,觉得如果看到蝙蝠,或者很靠近它, 甚至站在它下方,就会感染某种病毒,但事实不是这样。因为即使蝙蝠可能有很多病毒,但他们需要一个中介,才能传播病毒给人类 。”

研究蝙蝠约20年的梁智敏教授认为,即使不小心接触到蝙蝠的粪便,一般情况也不会导致细菌感染。

更多相关消息,请点击《2019冠状病毒》专题报道。

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