Tree Planting at Kuala Selangor
On 23 January 2010, 47 staff of PPB Group and their families woke up early on their day off to participate in PPB's first tree planting project.
The event which is part of PPB's CSR activity for the environment was organised to bring together the staff of PPB and their families and friends for a good cause and in this case to make a difference in Kuala Selangor Nature Park, a beautiful Park well managed by Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in collaboration with the Selangor State Government.
Upon arrival at 9 am at the Park, the participants had a hearty breakfast before adjourning to the auditorium where Ms Koh Mei Lee, Senior Manager (Corporate Affairs) of PPB, welcomed the participants and thanked them for their volunteerism. Mr Raj, the Senior Ranger from MNS gave a 30-minute lively talk on how human lives and mangroves are interconnected. From his talk, we learnt that long tailed monkeys are one of the most intelligent monkeys which are capable of mimicking the actions of MSN workers. Thereafter, the participants in 2 groups donned their gloves and Wellington boots, to walk to the mangroves located at the border of the Park.
During the walk, MNS guides showed the participants various types of crabs, birds as well as plants that produce soap, salt and many other interesting facts of nature. At the mangroves, the participants laboured for an hour planting 250 saplings. It was fun and quick as everyone chipped in with some families happily creating their very own family plots. After the mangrove planting, the staff continued their tour around the Park and witnessed a breathtaking sight of the Straits of Melaka, a white eagle, various migrating birds, mudskippers and different multi-coloured species of crabs.
Drenched with sweat after a long walk in the sun, the participants showered before tucking into local dishes catered by MNS. After lunch, the participants shopped at the Kuala Selangor wet market known for their fresh fish and prawns. Cockle harvesting was the next highlight for the day and the participants were taken in 5 boats to Sungai Buloh Sasaran to harvest cockles which they took home for free. After a hard day's work, everyone was treated to a delicious seafood dinner at the River View Restaurant.
In conclusion, the whole event was tiring but enjoyable. It was an eye-opener for the city folks and many looked forward to more nature events!