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Botanic Gardens' iconic Tembusu tree gets better support

Published on May 27, 2014 6:18 PM

SINGAPORE - The iconic Tembusu tree at the Singapore Botanic Gardens now has better support for its low-hanging branch.

A team of eight - two engineers from ST Kinetics and six staff from the National Parks Board (NParks) - worked for a year to develop the dynamic support system with an in-built suspension method to prop up the branch at three points without hindering its growth.

Previously the branch had been supported by wooden props which, while effective for the short term, restricted the movement of the branch. These can cause the tree to be unable to bear its own weight over a longer period.

The new system allows the branch to gradually adjust to the wind conditions, regain strength to support itself and help it to grow at the same time.

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