How the friendship of trees nourishes the soul

We need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. Lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating, we have forgotten what rocks, plants and animals still know.

The clearing of the Kranji woodland is all the more distressing when we consider Singapore's admirable efforts at greening the nation.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Recently, in Singapore, a patch of ground on the upper reaches of the island that was mistakenly cleared ignited fierce ecological debate.

While passionate nature lovers and environmentalists see this piece of Kranji as woodland, planners considered it mainly scrubland and good for future development.

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