Dover Crescent trees removed due to decay
WE THANK Mr Wong Shin Hoe for his feedback ("Spare mature trees in Dover Crescent"; last Thursday).
To ensure public safety, we are removing tree species that are storm-vulnerable, and replacing them with hardier ones.
The trees that were removed in Dover Crescent were Andira inermis, which was observed over the years to be a storm-vulnerable species.
We tried to keep those in Dover Crescent for as long as possible, but they recently showed signs of decay and had to be removed.
Before doing so, we planted more than 60 Tembusu Tikus (Pteleocarpa lamponga) trees, which are less prone to damage during storms. Tembusu Tikus is a medium-sized native tree that produces attractive bright yellow flowers.
The mature trees on the other side of Dover Crescent are of a different species. They are less storm-vulnerable and are in good condition. They will continue to provide greenery and shade.
Oh Cheow Sheng
National Parks Board