Taman Tugu receives an honorary recognition for using an abandoned piece of land with remnants of rain forest, Taman Tugu in the midst of the big city is on the way of becoming a real forest through cleaning the area and a massive planting of trees. It is still being developed but shows very good signs of future success.

Taman Tugu

Taman Tugu, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the foot of the National Monument. The site was home to British and Malaysian Government officers, subsequently abandoned and became a site for illegal dumping and other vices. Earmarked for commercial development before being approved as a public space. The Taman Tugu Project was launched to rehabilitate the site as an urban forest park rich with flora and fauna, complimenting it's historical and cultural elements - colonial British bungalows, Islamic-Surau, Hindu-Temple, and the first Malaysian Civil Servants("MCS") Clubhouse. Taman Tugu, will be preserved and protected in a Trust, free to access for everyone.

Sustainability Rangers Programme, amongst others. All these programmes are hands-on and through these activities, people learn about planting, gardening, the soils, our waterways, managing waste, managing our resources, composting, river care, biodiversity, insect studies, and living in harmony and in symbiosis with nature. The activities have been carved out to target both adults and children. Although most of the environmental education activities take place at the Open Air Classroom and Educational Nursery, some of the activities take place in the forest such as the insect studies and the River Scientist Programme. The River Scientist Programmes take place at the natural stream in the forest.

Via the Nature Education Programme, participants help to propagate trees that were planted at Taman Tugu to increase the number of endangered and critically endangered trees. The propagated trees are shared with other forest regeneration projects, schools, neighbourhoods, city councils with an aim to further rewild the country. More than 1,000 trees have been propagated and the trees have been given to and planted at schools, and neighbourhoods from other states. The Trust is now working with the city council to replant the trees along main roads, neighbourhoods, and other parks. In addition to the above, ad-hoc environmental awareness programmes such as environmental talks are also organised. The environmental activities are mostly free. Only two of the programmes have a very small donation fee. With regards to the health and wellness programmes, there are weekly health and wellness programmes such as yoga and Zumba. These are free for people to join. Nature meditative walk sessions are also conducted regularly with a minimal donation fee charge. The Trust has also established the Taman Tugu Human Library which takes place regularly. The Taman Tugu Human Library is a library that lends people rather than books. The 'Books' are people who are 'borrowed' by 'Readers' who want to listen to their unique life experience and can ask any questions to both learn about the 'Book' and/or experience to broaden their perspective. It is a safe place to share ideas and exchange knowledge and is free for people to join. In addition to the above, the Trust also works with other individuals and societies to organise arts & craft sessions, sing-along in the park, amongst others, periodically, for members of public to participate. These activities are free with a few exceptions. One unique programme that was organised was the Taman Tugu Musical Walk which was developed with a PhD student. The student created a musical experience just for Taman Tugu by merging sounds of the forest with electronic sounds. As participants walk, they hear the different sounds at the different parts of the park. A 'Sound of the Forest' walk was also organised in collaboration with the Indigenous group to identify the various sounds of the forest and learn what they mean as participants walk through the forest. Both these activities were free to join. To further activate the park, there is a food truck selling coffee and breakfast foods for people to purchase and eat after their walk on weekend mornings and public holidays.

As the park is owned and managed by the Trust, a non-profit, the Trust is responsible to raise funds to become self- sustaining in order to operate independently and sustainably. This involves responsibly generating revenue in a fair way and private fundraising. The Trust abides by the key principles of fundraising in a legal, honest, and respectful way and is
committed to building strong, lasting relationships with funders and partners.

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