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We are delighted to host a public talk from Nanthini Elamgovan, Deputy Director in the Parks Division of the National Parks Board in Singapore. Nanthini has been working with Royal Botanic Gardens Community Greening group since January 2019 as part of a sabbatical to exchange skills and information.
This will be a great opportunity to learn from Nan's firsthand experience in implementing Social & Therapeutic Horticulture in Singapore. 
Therapeutic Gardens are spaces designed to meet the physical, psychological and social needs of people. The Therapeutic Gardens in Singapore were designed following evidence from scientific studies on the benefits of exposure to greenery and the outdoors. Singapore boasts over 350 parks, gardens and nature reserves, with a master plan to create and provide Therapeutic Gardens throughout the country. The gardens are conducive for children, elderly, and people with special needs, on top of being a tranquil space for all to enjoy. Visitors can also be involved in Therapeutic Horticulture programmes that allow them to have hands-on experiences with plants and nature. The aim of the gardens is to promote health benefits such as the relief of mental fatigue, stress reduction and an overall improvement to emotional well-being. 

Nanthini Elamgovan is a Deputy Director in the Parks Division of the National Parks Board in Singapore. She has been creating and managing vibrant green spaces that allow people to enjoy and experience nature and the outdoors amidst the bustling city-state. Apart from the management and conservation of flora and fauna, she also implements initiatives such as Therapeutic Horticulture, Community Gardening, Inclusive Playspaces, and Citizen Science. After a stint in the Volunteer Department of Prospect Park in New York City, Nanthini facilitated the implementation of volunteer and stakeholder programmes in the parks in Singapore. Her current interests are biophilia, park prescriptions, and the social value of green spaces.

Afternoon Tea will be provided.

On Saturday 25 May 2019 at 2:00pm

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Maiden Theatre
Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Mrs Macquarie's Road, Sydney, NSW 2000

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Bringing People to Nature: Examples from Singapore

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