Since it's first mention on this blog in October 2006, Green Volunteers Network's (GVN) Project Green House Ubin has come a long way. Within just 5 months, the previously empty building in the main town of Ubin near the jetty has experienced an entirely green transformation!
When GVN Head, Grant Pereira's intention of tendering this building for the Green House was first announced, a quick visit to the house saw a "State Property" sign still adhered to its frontage. Tendering for a Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) was in order. But that was soon taken care of.
As soon as that was taken care of, Grant's plans were quickly put into motion.
By February 2007, just a few short months later, a new look was in the works for the previously unoccupied building, instilling in it a new lease of life!
Left: Happy workers look on at the Green House. Right: Grant and his GVN volunteers at the Ubin Hub launch in October 2006
With the house near completion, the soft launch is scheduled this Saturday, 24 March 2007 around noon. In addition to the launch of the house that comes complete with solar power, rainwater harvesting and heat deflecting material to keep the house cool and provide lighting, GVN is also launching its Kids Konservation Klub's Ubin Adventure!
A really cool companion guide to all things Ubin and green, the Ubin Adventure comes complete with cheerful illustrations and facts about flora, fauna on Ubin. It also serves as a guide to the GVN guided walks at the sensory trail. Certain suitable for all ages, even one at my age cannot resist the fun and allure of this new publication. Can't wait to put it to good use!
Coming to live! Photo taken by Adelle on 16 March 2007
Always a generous and reliable source on all things Ubin, Adelle shared with me these photos she took of the green house last week. She commented that since the photos were taken, the house is even more colourful now!
The Green House does promise to be a most colourful and exciting addition which sets to breathe new life into Ubin town. I can't wait to see it on Saturday!