Some 5 million people live in Singapore, of
whom 2.91 million were born locally. Most
are of Chinese, Malay or Indian descent.
With an area of 710 square kilometres,
Singapore has one of the highest population
densities in the world.
In total, there are about two million
trees planted along roadsides, in parks
and protected nature areas.
It is no wonder Singapore is known internationally as a Garden City
Without trees, the city would be a harsh landscape of concrete buildings. Trees
serve to soften the surroundings, adding beauty and colour to the scenery.
They also offer a welcome
respite from the tropical heat and
glare, while we are outdoors at
work or at play.
In 1963, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
launched Singapore’s first tree-planting
campaign, marking the start of efforts to
green the city.
Singapore is rich in biodiversity and is home to over 2,900 species of plants, 360 species of
birds, 270 species of butterflies, 120 species of reptiles, 75 species of mammals, 25 species
of amphibians, and 250 species of hard corals.
Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes
referred to as "paper flower" because the
bracts are thin and papery
Ixora (Santa Rita, Cruz de Malta) is also
commonly known as West Indian Jasmine
Almost 50 per cent of Singapore is covered by greenery
Pictures: Sanda Foi oreanuş
Presentation: Sanda Foi oreanuş
Sound Moments of Magic by Fann Wong, Tanya Chua and Elsa Lin
Singapore's official “millennium song”