Greener landscape for residents of Bukit Panjang Town

(From left) MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Liang Eng Hwa, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan and  Dr Teo Ho Pin, MP for Bukit Panjang launching the SG50 Streetscape in Bukit Panjang Town on Sunday, Aug 2, 2015.
(From left) MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Liang Eng Hwa, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan and Dr Teo Ho Pin, MP for Bukit Panjang launching the SG50 Streetscape in Bukit Panjang Town on Sunday, Aug 2, 2015.ST PHOTO: CAROLYN KHEW

SINGAPORE- Bukit Panjang residents can now enjoy a greener landscape with more flowers, shrubs and trees to spruce up their neighborhood.

Officially launched on Sunday, the SG50 Streetscape in Bukit Panjang Town hopes to provide a more conducive and enjoyable environment for residents in the area.

A total of 42 trees, 70 coconut palms and 33,820 shrubs have been planted along Bukit Panjang Road, which isbout 1.9km long. They include the Flaming Beauty red flowering shrub and African Mahogany trees.

MP for Bukit Panjang, Dr Teo Ho Pin, said: "We hope that the enhanced streetscape will encourage more residents to turn to exercise like walking and cycling."

The Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council has been working with the National Parks' Board on the SG50 Streetscape since a year ago.

The launch was attended by more than 200 residents and volunteers. Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, Dr Teo, and Mr Liang Eng Hwa, MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, also planted trees with residents and volunteers at the event.

Bukit Panjang resident Irene Tan, who is in her 60s, said she was pleased with the enhancements. "We had some planting previously but having more greenery really cheers you up," said Ms Tan, who works in the customer service line.

kcarolyn@sph.com.sg