NParks nursery opens for rare tour

NParks nursery opens for rare tour
An aerial view of the Pasir Panjang Nursery.

All 60 places for a rare chance to see where some of Singapore's park and roadside trees and plants come from were snapped up within hours yesterday.

The National Parks Board (NParks) had announced yesterday morning that it will open the Pasir Panjang Nursery, its only nursery, to the public for a rare guided tour this Saturday.

By evening, all places have been taken, but NParks said it will consider having more tours in future.

The nursery tour is organised in conjunction with the year-long Clean and Green Singapore 2015 campaign, which aims to inspire Singaporeans to protect the environment.

The Pasir Panjang Nursery is about 12ha, or the size of 30 football fields, and supplies close to 200,000 plants each year to green the island's roads and parks.

Most of the plants provided by the nursery are native to Singapore and are not easily available in commercial nurseries.

It also sources for plants from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to increase the variety of plants used in NParks' planting programmes.

The nursery's inventory includes trees, shrubs, herbs, fruit trees, aquatic plants and more.

To support the conservation of Singapore's native species, NParks officers also collect seeds and saplings of native plants from forests and parks across Singapore every week, so they can be grown in the nursery until they are ready to be planted islandwide.

NParks chief executive Kenneth Er said the nursery is a key part in Singapore's greening efforts.

"Decades of our pioneers' hard work... have enabled us to reap the benefits of the verdant landscape.

"(The tour) is one way of inspiring the community to continue in the shared responsibility of carrying on Singapore's greening journey," he said.

This article was first published on Nov 09, 2014.
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