CUGE-HOR-3008 Skyrise Greenery Guidelines Series (Module 1) : Rooftop Tree Planting & General Maintenance of Rooftop Greenery

CUGE is proud to present the Skyrise Greenery – Guidelines Series: Rooftop Tree Planting & General Maintenance of Rooftop Greenery. This is part of CUGE’s Training Series on Guidelines to continue our efforts in improving the overall horticulture standard of the landscape industry.


The module will provide an overview on rooftop tree and palm planting needs, and how these horticulture requirements are influenced by:

  1. Material selection
  2. Material placements
  3. Material dimensioning

The rationale behind these design recommendations will also be shared. The course aims to impart to participants a realistic perspective on the many needs of trees and palms when planted on the rooftop, as well as the various associated architecture, loading and placement issues that need to be considered upfront during the project design phase, with the overall intention of encouraging feasible and manageable rooftop greenery design.


  • Introduction
  • Rooftop microclimate
  • Rooftop tree / palm size and weight
  • Rooftop tree / palm set-back
  • Rooftop soil quality and quantity
  • Rooftop tree / palm support systems
  • Group exercise
  • Summary / Wrap up


  • Classroom lecture
  • Group discussion
  • Brainstorming session
  • Q&A


  • Landscape architects and landscape designers
  • Landscape contractors, supervisors and managers
  • Horticulturists, arborists, engineers in both government and private agencies
  • Safety Inspectors
  • Facilities management personnel
  • Operation staff of industrial & business parks, institutions, hotels, country clubs and healthcare buildings


Mr Poh Choon Hock is a researcher at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) under the National Parks Board. His current focus is on skyrise greenery implementation and has shared at various workshops, courses and forums. Choon Hock has published several articles on skyrise greenery, including “Safe Design of Skyrise Greenery in Singapore” which was jointly authored with Dr Michael Behm and published in the magazine “Smart and Sustainable Built Environment” in 2012.


ISA Certified Arborist 3.5CEUs
ISA Municipal Specialist 3.5CEUs
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist – Practice 2CEUs
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist – Management 1.5CEUs
Certified Practicing Horticulturist 2CEUs
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) TBC

*Accredited points may differ for different sessions.


Full Fee (Inclusive of GST): $42.80

Fees include provision of training materials and refreshment. 

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