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SUSS Students Contribute to the Rewilding Efforts at Rail Corridor

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Group photo with the NSS team, ReWilding Project mentor, Dr Ngo Kang Min (middle), volunteers from Bloomberg and SUSS WILDSMarines team. (Right) Chia Ming Huei (Specialist, Service-Learning, CIEL), Rachel Tham Gonzales (Year 3 Human Resource Management), Jynea Low Zhe Hui (Year 1 Business Analytics) and Austin Han Wen Guang (Year 1 Finance) are part of the SUSS ReWilding team.

Since November 2022, 11 SUSS students of various disciplines have embarked on a year-long Community Service-Learning (CSL) in partnership with Nature Society Singapore (NSS). In collaboration with National Parks Board (NParks), the CSL supports the NSS Rewilding Project by rewilding 24km of the North-South Rail Corridor that stretches from Kranji to Tanjong Pagar.

Playing their part in the national initiative, OneMillionTrees Movement, the SUSS ReWilding team aims to plant trees across 5km of the North-South Rail Corridor along Woodlands Road. They have since undergone training to learn about the creation of suitable and sustainable environments for flora and fauna to thrive. The students had the opportunity to engage in maintenance field work such as weeding, sapling counting and measurements, and transporting young plants to the field site to support NSS in guiding public volunteers once the Rewilding Project is opened to the public.

Tasked to organise future rewilding events, the student team further aims to share their knowledge of the importance of maintaining and conserving nature and biodiversity through rewilding to provide a sustainable environment for wildlife, plants and trees. 

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NSS Rewilding launch event on 10 February 2023 at North of Sungei Kadut Avenue

The official launch of the NSS Rewilding Project on 10 February 2023 kickstarted the community outreach events. Conjointly with NSS, the SUSS ReWilding team led a group of 30 volunteers from Bloomberg to participate in planting tree saplings whilst sharing more about forest restoration. At the end of the 2-hour event, 50 tree saplings were successfully planted.

Year 2 Finance student and EXCO member of the SUSS ReWilding team,  Austin Han Wen Guang shared that, “Resources are limited, and we are the ones who will be responsible for future generations to come. I strongly believe that we should not take nature for granted. I decided to join ReWilding 2023 because I can make active contributions to my environment together with my peers while creating opportunities for others to play an active role too.”

Photo 3 edited30 Bloomberg volunteers together with SUSS and NSS teams at the finale of the tree-planting event

With the official launch of the NSS Rewilding Project, the SUSS ReWilding team hopes to recruit more public volunteers and would like to extend their invitation to all interested volunteers to join them in a few planting days taking place on several Saturdays throughout the year. Besides the planting and maintenance work, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of our natural habitats. Open to all, you may indicate your interest and join this meaningful initiative here.

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