Sat 07 Aug 2010: The pre-National Day coastal cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang mangrove

Celebrate our National Day with a mangrove cleanup on Saturday 7th August 2010!

The Mission:
Lim Chu Kang mangroves is a beautiful and unique patch of unprotected mangrove in Singapore, facing the Western Straits of Johor. It is adjacent to a Police Coast Guard base and offshore, kelongs and fish farms unload their produce at the jetty to send to markets in Singapore. Scientists have worked in this mangrove for decades and though it is but a small patch that remains, it is scientifically interesting and holds many stories about animal and plant life and heritage in Singapore.

The famous mud lobster mounds of Lim Chu Kang mangrove

The 2008 cleanup.

Trash is regularly deposited on Lim Chu Kang mangrove from the straits so various groups tackle this sensitively in small groups during regular coastal cleanups. The ICCS team is organising this pre-National Day cleanup and inviting Raffles Museum Toddycats, The Biodiversity Crew and Ms Earth Singapore participants; you can sign up here:

Pre-National Day mangrove cleanup: Site and Pickup Points - Google Maps
Click for active map

Itinerary (approximate):

  • 0730 – bus pick-up in NUS @ Science Drive 1
  • 0745 – bus pick-up at Clementi next to the interchange at Commonwealth Ave W
  • 0830 – reach LCK, distribute into sub-groups, apply insect repellent, collect gloves and trash bags.
  • 0845 – Briefing, identification of Trash Loading Point (TLP) and bus shelter, wet weather plan (carry on unless lightning threat)
  • 0900 – cleanup begins.
  • 1000 – Loading teams start moving trash out to TLP
  • 1030 – clean-up ends, weigh trash and discussion; Q&A
  • 1045 – participants clean up – note: no washing point, so bring small amount of water to wipe down.
  • 1100 – Bus returns to Clementi, NUS – Note: help needed to wash gloves in NUS.


  1. Transport to site.
  2. Gloves.
  3. Trash bags.
  4. Weighing scales.

Be prepared!

  • Sleep early the night before and hydrate,
  • set your alarm to wake up on time and
  • have a decent breakfast!

What you should bring:

  1. Covered shoes with hard soles.
  2. Water bottle (at least one litre of water).
  3. Hat and/or sun block.
  4. Raincoat/ponco (we’ll carry on working in rain)
  5. Towel in a bag – to wipe off any sand and mud off you.
  6. Suggestion – dry fit clothes are suitable for this work. If you prefer cotton, a change of t-shirt will come in handy after a sweaty workout.
  7. Light pants will help protect your legs from insect bites (if you tend to get bitten!) as well as from the debris, but bermudas are fine.


Registered participants are to meet us at either

  1. the NUS bus stop outside Science Drive 1 (7.30am; meet Siva) or
  2. the bus stop AFTER Clementi MRT Station heading west (7.45am; meet Lim Cheng Puay).

Meet us at Lim Chu Kang Road end (click for map) where some parking space is available.

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