Bidadari Tree to be Kept on Site

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“THIS TREE WILL BE KEPT ON SITE” Today we met up with Mr Goh in Bidadari. A large part of Bidadari is undergoing development right now but this tree will remain. The tree has an ID number 2197, a girth of 3.2m and height of 21m. This Bodhi tree, estimated to be more than 50 years old, is nature lover Goh Si Guim’s favourite tree in the former Bidadari Cemetery. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he used to train for his IPPT runs in the Christian part of the cemetery, and would race up the hill in the last leg of his run, passing by the tree. The perfusionist (someone who operates the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery) knows the tree very well, having gone there for bird-watching, and observed the different phases the tree goes through. “To me,” he says, “the tree’s most magnificent hue is when it is golden against a pale blue sky.”

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