The inaugural Roots & Shoots butterfly garden at Chung Cheng High

JaneGoodallSingapore-Scienceweek
Science Titans Week
June 24, 2016

On 11th November 2015, students and teachers at Chung Cheng High created a butterfly garden in our school to play a part in the conservation of butterflies.

Butterflies play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem by pollinating flowers, hence allowing plant species to flourish. They become even more important when bee population drops, as up to 90% of all plants require a pollinator to produce.

Butterflies are also a great source of food for other animals like rodents, amphibians, and even reptiles or other insects. They act as lower members of the food chain and ensure the survivability of other organisms. It would affect us in the long run if this graceful insect encounters an unfortunate drop in population.

Our butterfly garden, located just opposite our school canteen, acts as a precious sanctuary for the butterflies. The garden is rich with plants that help attract butterflies, and of course the host plants that their young can feed on. It was definitely a lot of work, given the number of plants we had to put in and the amount of soil we had to transport around the school. However, after seeing the dazzling beauty of the arriving butterflies, the sense of accomplishment that we had was beyond words.

Students of Chung Cheng High School (Main), Jane Goodall Institute, Nature Society Singapore, as well as volunteers from Visa took part in this magnificent project. Without them, this garden would not have been made possible. Every one of our contributions made a difference no matter how big or small, because like the butterflies, we all have a role to play in conserving the environment.

Even though all we did was give hope to the butterflies, we were also giving hope to the environment. You can also make a difference. You can also pass on hope.

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” – Jane Goodall

By Lee Tom (Author is a R&S student in Chung Cheng High)