Saturday, April 09, 2011

Singapore, the Garden City - PH

PhotoHunt theme :Trees

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We have an Annual Tree-planting Day!

The usual remark my overseas friends tell me when they first visit me is "Singapore is so clean and green!" Almost 50 per cent of Singapore is covered by greenery.

The luxuriant greenery that we enjoy in Singapore took some 40 years of strong political will and the sweat and toil of many to sustain the effort.

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Towering palm trees lined the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade 

Four decades ago, the former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who identified a green Singapore as a key competitive factor in attracting foreign investments to the country, was the driving force behind
Singapore's development into a Garden City.

Some 40 years on, our Government is just as committed to the programme. Over the years, NParks' mission has evolved from realising a vision for a Garden City to creating A City in a Garden where the island's seamless green infrastructure of parks and streetscapes play an essential part of Singaporeans' lives, homes, workplaces and playgrounds.

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I am so looking forward to the opening of our mega-project, The Gardens by the Bay at the end of this year. Upon the full completion of the three gardens, some 101 hectares of reclaimed land at Marina Bay will be transformed into a lush paradisiacal garden. The Gardens will feature the Super Trees: ranging from heights of 25 to 50 metres, these structures will tower over the natural canopies and support a variety of plant life that will enshroud the Super Trees like a living skin.




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14 comments:

  1. hey hey! yes looking forward to that manicured garden at marina bay too! How u been?rebol

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  2. I hope Malaysia will stop cutting trees down for development and preserve the green lungs!!

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  3. ECL,

    I love the vision of the government to have greenery around us and now it looks so beautiful everywhere in Singapore.

    I am looking forward to visit the Gardens by the Bay when it is completed at the end of this year. I am sure you are too :)

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  4. That is a completely different attitude from Australia's. Cut them all down seems to be our creed. Turn them all into poor quality woodchips! GRRRRRRRRRRR

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  5. I love places with lots of trees and parks. For that Brussels is a very green town !

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  6. The palms are indeed wonderful and glad to hear that trees are valued so highly.

    Happy weekend ECL.

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  7. Love these pics! Sounds and looks beautiful :)

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  8. Love your photos ECL especially the one with you and the tall palm trees.

    I might be visiting Singapore this October. I hope to see you. :)

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  9. It's great to hear that your government is doing something....our government... Ha :/

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  10. It is so important for land to be reclaimed and planted with trees. Great post.

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  11. that is such a fabulous project. hope i'll be able to stop by S'pore at the end of this year and visit the Gardens.

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  12. Howdy neighbout :) Having a garden of trees is always welcome in the city. Can't wait to visit it the next time I'm down in Singapore

    Here's my trees

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