Mature trees are the natural heritage of Singapore and serve as important green landmarks of our tropical Garden City. These trees help us to identify with and stay rooted to the place we call home. Like our Garden City, these trees take decades to mature gracefully and beautify our landscape. With Singapore’s rapid development, there is a danger of losing our national heritage to urbanisation.
In 2016, a total of 21 Rain Trees at Connaught Drive were endorsed as Heritage Trees. This "Avenue of Heritage Trees" has the largest number of trees in a single avenue endorsed under the NParks' Heritage Tree Scheme.
There are 260 Heritage Trees in the Heritage Tree Register.
What is the Heritage Tree Scheme?
The Heritage Tree Scheme, announced on 17 August 2001, advocates the conservation of Singapore’s mature trees. In support of this initiative, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) established the Heritage Trees Fund then to kick-start a conservation programme that safeguards and promotes appreciation of our natural heritage. The programme now includes initiatives such as the installation of lightning conductors, interpretive signage and the setting up of a nomination scheme for the community.
How does the Heritage Tree Scheme work?
This scheme is open to the public. Anyone can submit an online Heritage Tree nomination form, recommending a tree to be endorsed as a Heritage Tree. Nominations for the 2019 Heritage Tree Scheme cycle must be received by 15 July 2019. Nominations received after this date will be considered for the 2020 cycle.
The list of nominated trees will be inspected by NParks arborists before it is submitted to the Heritage Tree Panel. The Panel will ultimately decide if the nominated trees are suitable to be endorsed as Heritage Trees.
Qualifying criteria for a tree to be endorsed as a Heritage Tree includes:
- a girth (trunk circumference) of more than five metres; and/or
- botanical, social, historical, cultural and/or aesthetical value.