Making Pantai Puteri greener and lovelier

KUCHING: Pantai Puteri, a small scenic beach nestled within Kampung Santubong, about 30km from the Kuching City, is expected to get a natural facelift this Saturday (October 11).

Native tree seedlings such as rhu laut, jambu laut and bintangor laut will be planted along Pantai Puteri in a gotong-royong to help enhance the beach’s natural landscape.

 

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Pantai Puteri where the seedlings will be planted this Saturday Oct 11.

 

The Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) and Kuching City North Hall (DBKU) are organising this community tree planting with the aim to foster goodwill among the people living in and outside Santubong village as they plant native tree seedlings and clean up an overgrown beach reserve in order to enhance the area as a recreation spot.

As such, MNS members and the public are invited to join hands with Santubong villagers in planting these tree seedlings that will contribute positively to Pantai Puteri’s landscape.

This activity will take place from 8am to noon, and those interested to join are advised to register at [email protected]

The tree planting is one of the several lead-up activities to help raise awareness of upcoming Santubong Nature Festival 2014 on November 8 and 9, 2014.

During the occasion, 30 tree seedlings donated by Sarawak Forest Tree Seed Bank of Sarawak Forestry Corporation will be planted.

Another lead up activity is an awareness talk on “How To Travel/Play In Santubong” in Mandarin by Sandra Wong, a member of Society of the Wilderness. This talk will take place at Borneo Coffee, Kuching on October 10 (Friday) from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Conceptualised by the Malaysian Nature Society-Kuching Branch (MNSKB), the first Santubong Nature Festival was held in November last year. The festival is organized and coordinated by MNSKB, and hosted by the Permai Rainforest Resort. This year MNSKB is also collaborating with DBKU in organizing the main event next month at Permai Rainforest Resort.

On actual festival days on November 8 and 9, guided nature walks, star-planet gazing and talks will be held to explore the rich biodiversity and cultural heritage of Santubong.

Cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in a riding from DBKU to Permai Rainforest Resort on November 8 at 7am, and Survivor Race on November 9 at 9am.

The objectives of the festival are:

1. To raise public awareness about the priceless natural and historical(local and global) heritage value of the Santubong Peninsula.
2. To advocate for a holistic and integrated approach to development and management of the area, safeguarding its unique landscape, biodiversity and historical assets.
3. To showcase the tourism and recreational potential of the natural and cultural values of the Santubong Peninsula.
4. To stimulate reflection on responsible and sustainable management of the peninsula and its surroundings.
5. To enhance environmental awareness and inculcate a sense of value for the area among the public, especially our youth.

For more information, contact MNSKB via email [email protected] or visit http://mnskuching.blogspot.com/ and http://santubongnaturefestival.blogspot.com

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