The Government cannot preserve every green patch in Singapore as it builds up the city, but it is committed to leaving green and natural spaces, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday, as he announced that the new Tengah Nature Way will be launched early next year.
"We are determined that we will leave green lungs and natural spaces all over our city as we build our city," said PM Lee, who was speaking at the official opening of the Botanic Gardens Heritage Museum. "Then our people can always be in touch with nature, never far from green spaces and blue waters."
The Tengah Nature Way will connect the Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves with the SAFTI Live Firing Area. Plants will be specially chosen to complement the natural forest on both ends, and birds, butterflies and other animals will also be attracted to the area, added PM Lee.
As part of this commitment to keeping Singapore green and to make it a "City in a Garden", Singapore will add 900-hectares of park land in its next phase of development, including the expansion of the Botanic Gardens by a sixth in size by 2016, PM Lee said.
National Parks Board Tan Teck Chye talks about what he does as a volunteer and why he loves nature in the video above.
On the Botanic Gardens which is being nominated as Singapore's first Unesco World Heritage Site site, he added: "We have a beautiful jewel in the middle of our city and we have to continue to expand and nurture the Botanic Gardens to ensure it remains a beautiful landmark for generations to come."