Do you know of any tree houses in Singapore today?
Source: The Straits Times, 15th November 1991
Yin Ying’s favourite is an old saga tree on Mount Emily. She used to go there after kindergarten ended and spent a lot of time collecting saga seeds, competing with her brother to see who could find the most.
“We dug around among the roots as if they were excavation sites,” she says. “For us, the most highly prized saga seeds were the oddballs: the strangely formed seeds with flat edges and yellow gradients. The red ones were common.”
It’s possible! We came across this interesting article from 1993 about a coconut tree that was lodged in a banyan tree. This 15-metre hybrid was spotted in a vacant plot of land near the Woodlands South Bus Interchange in 1993. Anybody knows if it’s still around?
Reference: The Straits Times, 22nd February 1993
Only one tree remains of this former kampung at 15G Hindhede Road, which is also where Christopher Peh lived in 1975. Today we follow him back to his old home at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill. He remembers the houses were called ‘Black Houses’ and before his family moved in, and had been owned by Japanese people. This is the only tree that remains from the 1970s and he is very surprised that it is still here.
In 1995, a 100 year old Jelutong Tree sited at the edge of what was to be Sentosa’s newest theme park, Volcanoland, was spared after project owners found out that it was the nesting place of a pair of hornbills. The pair of hornbills that saved this Jelutong Tree stayed through the 14-month construction period. A vet was even called in when the male Hornbill fell ill from eating rubber pieces from the construction site.
Unfortunately, it was understood that both died a year later from food poisoning.
Reference: The Straits TImes 30 January 1995, The Straits TImes 22nd June 1996
Located at Venus Loop at MacRitchie, this fig tree has been the starting point of the Toddycats’ “Love MacRitchie Walks” since August 2013. The walks are part of an outreach campaign that supports the preservation of our Central Catchment Nature Reserve amidst plans to build an underground MRT tunnel across it.
Under this tree, guides explain the importance of figs in the ecosystem. The tree’s existence is not only uncertain due to redevelopment plans, it is also at the mercy of invasive plants such as the Zanzibar Yam and recent strong winds. Not long ago, it was seen upended, leaning on other plants and at the verge of toppling. However, its green leaves and figs hint at a determination to stay upright and survive and gives Chloe, a guide from Toddycats, a renewed belief in their campaign effort. “The fig tree might just make it. We might just succeed in convincing the government (to reconsider the alignment of the CRL)”.
Nature or sports enthusiasts who frequent the MacrRtchie area, do you have a tree that is special to you?
Story from Chloe Tan Yi Ting
Before NParks, there was little tree pruning and people worried about branches falling on passers-by. In 1954, this was the subject of an article in The Free Press (“Shop Owner Lives In Fear Of This Tree”). A shop owner at Gillman Close (off Ayer Rajah Road) worried about a fast-growing 100 ft tree that blocked the entrance to his shop.
The tree grew by 80 feet in less than 20 years and its roots left large cracks in the concrete slab and pavement. With no control over the tree’s growth, the shop owner worried that one of the branches may fall off and injure someone.
Do you know of any monster trees?
Reference: The Free Press July 13 1954
There are many trees that stand on One Tree Hill road today. Unfortunately, we don’t know if one of them is the namesake tree, or whether that tree has survived at all.
Here’s how it looked like in a picture from the Straits Times on March 8, 1936. The caption reads: “This is one of the few original jungle trees which survive in the suburbs of Singapore. It is also the tree which gives One Tree Hill its name. Its height can be judged from the rubber trees growing around it. The property known as One Tree Hill, off Grange Road, has been owned by Guthrie and Co. for many years.”
In 1880, there were a lot of articles in the newspaper […] that were talking about how bleak everything was. The rest of Singapore was so horrific that you wanted to go to a park and see greenery and pretty flowers and managed things.” – See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/…/singapore-a-garden-not-a-fo…“