22nd September 2016 – Today was a day of fun, out in the sun for 15 students and teachers from Bertam Valley Chinese Primary School. This is the time of the year when our programmes for local school children take off. Examinations seem miles away and the mountains beckon. As always it was great to take these youngsters for a visit to our highlands and see through their eyes the beauty of our forests. Everything is interesting to them and their energy abounds. There are more groups to come and it is indeed a pleasure to impart to them the importance of forest conservation.
We are pleased to announce that with the completion of the Standard 6 UPSR exams , more schools are able to participate in our programmes. Our mossy forest visits and biodiversity centre programmes are sponsored by CIMB bank, while our Community Stream Investigation and English based Environmental programmes are sponsored by HRH Tunku Imran and Mr Paul Chuah.
1.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SK Ringlet & SK Brinchang ;No of pax 29;Completed
20.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax: 20 Completed
21.9.16 Community Stream Investigation; SJKC Kea farm ; No of Pax: Whole school; Completed
22.9.16 Mossy forest tour and Bio-D Activity; SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax : 20;Pick up Point: Completed
26.9.16 Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D activity; SK Convent; No of Pax: 32;Pick up Point : Tanah Rata Pasar Minggu site
27.9.16 : Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D Activity; SJKT Tanah Rata ; No of Pax: 30 ; Pick up Point: Tanah Rata pasar minggu site
27.9.16 English based Environmental Programme;SJKC Kea Farm 10.30 to 12.30 pm ;Participants: Whole school
4.10.16 Community Stream Investigation; SK Convent; No of pax: 32
5.10.16 English Based Environmental Programme;SJKC Tanah Rata; No of pax: 80
11.11.16 Mossy Forest Visit and Bio D Activity; SJKC Tanah Rata;To be confirmed
19 September 2016- A reforestation activity which is open to all, will be held on the 20th September 2016 on the foothills of Gunung Siku, Blue valley. The time has now been changed to 11 am till 1 pm.This programme is organised by the local Forestry department and will be attended by the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, YB Datuk Ir. Hj Hamim bin Samuri.
Refreshments and transport will be provided. For those who are interested, locals and visitors alike, please contact Miss Saras Hp 0195145851. Transport will be waiting at the local Forestry Office( next to Taman Sedia) at 10.20 am.(Please note the change in time from an earlier posting)
22nd August 2016-The above programme is organised by REACH ( Datin Aseema and Puan Mazlira) in cooperation with the local education department PPD and the school authorities headed by Madam Seng Wai Cheng.
Upon arrival at the school, which was located at the centre of Bertam Valley Village, our Reach team was greeted by a lively group of 254 students. (Widening works was ongoing at the nearby Bertam river but the local folks seemed to have taken the noise and higher amounts of dust in their stride.) Also on hand to greet them was Madam Seng, the headmistress, her group of teachers, Mr Wong Seng Yee ,our committee member who happens to be the vice-president of the Parents Teachers Association for Bertam Valley School.
by Wilfred Calder-Potts
Though initial contact was slow, (both on my and REACH’s side), after a few weeks I managed to arrange a few weeks of volunteering through Aseema. After arriving at Cameron Highlands I met with Aseema and Dr Liau in a coffee shop. We talked about our ideas and decided that I would spend my time teaching at a local school and helping Dr Liau (Doc) with his reforestation project. The next day Aseema picked me up and we went to the school, where we met the headmistress. We decided that I could teach physics. For the next few days I went around the area with Doc, talking his dog for a walk, exploring the surroundings, and looking for the species of tree we wanted to plant in the reforestation area. On Monday I went back to the school to iron out the details of my teaching with the head science teacher. Doc and I also ended up giving an impromptu lesson to a group of 17-18 year olds, which went pretty well in the end considering we hadn’t done any preparation! The following day I taught a physics lesson to two separate classes of 17 year olds. The head science teacher asked me if I could teach the same two classes 4 days a week, and after checking with Doc I agreed.
by Wilfred Calder-Potts
The Malayan Mountain Ash (also known as Weinmannia Fraxinea, or Weinmannia Blumei), is a tree indigenous to the Cameron Highlands. It is often found on disturbed ground, especially on slopes. For this reason it was chosen as a tree suitable for planting in the REACH reforestation area next to the Biodiversity Centre. It was also chosen to increase the biodiversity of the reforestation area.
The tree has a few distinguishable features which are useful for identification. The easiest is the leaves (shown on Figure 1). These are small, oval shaped, and grow out symmetrically, 180 degrees from each other. The young leaves are red in colour. A particularly individual and noticeable feature is the ‘stipules’ at the base of the stem. These are a pair of semi-circular leaves as shown in Figure 1. The bark of the tree is grey to dark brown. The tree can grow up to 40 m tall. The trunk tends to be narrow (60-120cm) and straight. When in bloom, the inflorescences (flower systems) come in pairs of 1-3 long finger like extensions, with many small white petals.