South Zone, Sungei Pandan Mangrove 2 [SO, SP2]
Last recce conducted by Lim Cheng Puay and Becky Lee
on 17 March 2015 from 14:00 - 14:45, during a tide level of 0.7 metres
Pandan Mangrove is located in the southwest of Singapore, located in the lower parts of Sungei Pandan. Despite running adjacent to a main road where many heavy vehicles pass (Jalan Buroh), mangrove vegetation and much fauna still remains within the mangrove.
Figure 1: Location of Pandan Mangrove in relation to Singapore’s mainland.
Accessibility of the site
- There is a bus stop in the middle of SP2 (Jalan Buroh B25) where cars or bus stops can alight. There are no public parking facilities nearby, and the nearest MRT is Clementi MRT which is approximately 2.5km away from the site.
- From Tanglin Secondary School, the site can be accessed by crossing 2 overhead bridges indicated in Figure 2. After crossing both overhead bridges, walk along a pathway alongside Jalan Buroh on a bridge over Sungei Pandan. SP2 begins at the end of the bridge.
Figure 2: The red marks indicate the two overhead bridges which need to be climbed in order to access a walkway leading into the mangrove.
Figure 3: Photograph taken from the bridge alongside Jalan Buroh over Sungei Pandan. The view of the mangroves are evident from the bridge.
Meeting Point and facilities
- Transport should be provided to this site, as it is hard to access. The only present bus stop is a now defunct bus stop. Transport can be provided from Dover / Kent Ridge MRT bus stop.
- For those meeting at Dover: Dover Station bus stop on the same side as Singapore Polytechnic.
- For those meeting at Kent Ridge: Bus stop opposite NUH.
- The exact location of these bus stops can be seen in the map below. Buses should leave 30 minutes before the cleanup starts. Essential that participants are early or on-time, as buses cannot wait long.
Figure 4: Details of meeting points
- Little recreational facilities nearby, and therefore there is no access to toilets.
- Important for participants to visit the toilet before they board the bus at Dover or Kent Ridge.
- It is also recommended for participants to bring water to wipe themselves down after the cleanup.
- Private carpark is located at Singapore Rowing Association (SRA).
- They may allow for parking, if request is made 1 week in advance.
- If SRA is agreeable, organizers need to inform SRA of the number of cars that will be using the carpark.
- The only shelter present in the case of bad weather is Jalan Buroh B25 bus stop and small sheltered structure behind the site.
Figure 5: Jalan Buroh B25 bus stop. Figure 6: Small structure will serve as 2nd shelter in the case of bad weather.
Figure 7: Description of Sungei Pandan 2 (SP2)
- The cleanup site is approximately 0.4 km long and 0.15 km wide.
- It can hold about 80 - 100 people.
- At back mangrove, mud is still firm but towards the mangrove the ground becomes progressively softer and the centre of the inlet is unworkable except for individuals wearing proper booties and do not mind sinking thigh deep.
- This very soft area should be worked on only by experienced individuals.
- It has to be crossed in order to get to the other bank and it may be more efficient to better to backtrack along the estuary to firmer ground before crossing.
Figure 8: Participants in 2009 getting stuck
- There will be 4 main entrance points & sections via indistinct paths at the road edge leading to the mangrove
- This is to spread out volunteers & reduce impact on the mangrove.
Figure 10: The covered walkway adjacent to the mangroves.
Figure 11: The red arrows indicate the “indistinct paths” which are eroded possibly by fishermen. Participants can enter the mangroves through these pathways at various sections from the covered walkway.
The end of the site can be indicated by the SRA sign.
Figure 12: SRA sign indicating the end of SP2
Figure 13: Plastic disposable bottles
Figure 14: Styrofoam pieces, more plastic.
Figure 15: Plastic bags
Figure 16: Plastic egg tray.
Figure 17: Low tide exposes the litter
Figure 18: Medium trash load
- The Trash Collection Point (TCP) is next to Jln Buroh B25 bus stop. Care must be taken not to block the pathway, do not obstruct anyone.
Figure 22: Image of the bus stop with annotations as to where the TCP is.
Figure 23: TCP next to the bus stop (photo from 2012)
- NEA should be contacted in advance to have contractors remove the trash later, or rubbish may remain there for a long period of time.
Logistics and Manpower
- Cutters will be needed to cut through containers (to remove sand before disposal) and to remove ropes.
- Wheelbarrows will be needed to transport trash from pavement outside SP2, to trash collection point next to Jalan Buroh B25 bus stop.
- Gloves, Clipboards and ICCS data cards, Tongs, Spring balances to weigh trash.
- First aid kit is necessary.
- The site can hold approximately 80 - 100 people.
- Covered shoes or booties required.
- Participants can apply repellent as there can be mosquitoes and sandflies present, but a better alternative would be to wear long-sleeved clothing.
- Participants are advised not to open any bottles or drums found, instead, alert the organizer.
- Participants should always ensure trash bags are only three-quarters full, so that:
- There is space to tie the bag
- There will be excessively heavy bags
- There will be no tearing.
- Glass pieces should be packed with extra padding, kept separate from the main trash and for large amounts, kept in separate canvas bags. Alert volunteers to be careful during transfer.
- Volunteers must be wearing gloves at all times when handling trash.
Figure 24: Sample of proper booties that can be bought at dive shops or beach road ‘Army market.’
- Fauna: Black-spitting cobras are known from the area, so keep a lookout during the event. There should be a pre-cleanup site inspection before volunteers are sent in.
- There are many weaver ant nests, so watch out for “weaved” leaves, as these ants have fiery bites.
Figure 25: A weaver ant on top of its nest.
- In the case of an emergency, the nearest hospital is NUH which is a 15 minute drive away. Call the ambulance at 995 in emergencies. If not an emergency, call 1777. Instruct them to come to Singapore Rowing Association (SRA) entrance along Jalan Buroh.
Figure 26: Directions from SP2 to NUH
- Weather service information and the need to check for lightning is: 6282 6821