SINGAPORE: In a blog on Sunday Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan recalled how 50 years ago then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat tree at Farrer Circus.
That act started and shaped Singapore’s highly successful greening campaign, and Singapore, the Garden City, was conceived.
He added that the campaign and commitment of Singaporeans has resulted in a city filled with trees, flowers and vibrant parks.
NParks has planned a series of activities and programmes throughout this year to commemorate the successful greening of Singapore, beginning with the launch of Community in Action for Kheam Hock — an initiative involving NParks, the Nature Society (Singapore), community gardening volunteers and the local community.
Mr Khaw joined Kheam Hock residents to plant a bird—attracting tree native to Singapore on Saturday.
Kheam Hock Road is the key project in this greening initiative as it connects the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The creation of a Nature Way will allow birds and butterflies to move freely along this green corridor from one green space to another.
Three other Nature Ways will be created at Admiralty, Tampines and Yishun.
Mr Khaw added that our greening campaign has entered its next phase of an extensive ground—up effort, with Singaporeans playing a critical role in helping to shape our City in a Garden.
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