Number of trees in industrial estates to go up by three times by 2030 under nationwide greening effort

An enhanced greenery network, part of the green masterplan for the Sungei Kadut industrial area.
An enhanced greenery network, part of the green masterplan for the Sungei Kadut industrial area.PHOTO: JTC CORPORATION

SINGAPORE - Industrial estates will soon be lush with more greenery, with the number of trees set to almost triple in the next 10 years in such areas.

National Development Minister Desmond Lee on Monday (Oct 26) said these estates will have 260,000 trees by 2030, up from the current 90,000.

"They will be planted along the roads and will resemble the look and feel of forests, so (this will be) a planting regime that is more intensive, that greens up the place more and beautifies it. It will also provide shade and respite from the heat," said Mr Lee.

Industrial estates are among the hotter areas in Singapore and the Government announced a plan in March to plant 100,000 more trees in them. That target has now been increased by 70,000.

The greening efforts are part of the One Million Trees movement, which aims to have that number of trees planted across Singapore over the next decade with community support.

Mr Lee said that the tree-planting efforts will be complemented by a network of environmental sensors that will collect data on ambient temperature, relative humidity and wind speed.

The data will support ongoing research projects and help the authorities develop better greening strategies to cool the city.

He added that the greened industrial estates will be connected to surrounding nature spaces to create a continuous green network.

For example, the Sungei Kadut Eco-District will link to the Sungei Buloh Nature Park Network and the Rail Corridor as the district progressively develops over the next 20 to 30 years.

Minister for National Development Desmond Lee (second from right) taking part in a tree-planting exercise on Jurong Island on Oct 26, 2020. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

"These efforts, together with many others, will help to mitigate the effects of climate change and provide Singaporeans with a more liveable and sustainable environment," Mr Lee said at a briefing on the sidelines of a tree-planting event on Jurong Island.

Participants planted 100 trees on the island at the event on Monday, which took place with safe distancing measures. Those taking part included residents from West Coast GRC's Boon Lay ward and representatives from 32 corporations from Jurong Island - the largest number of companies that have participated in such an activity on the island.

The authorities aim to plant 21,000 more trees on Jurong Island by 2022 to meet their target to have a total of 44,000 trees on it by then.

Singapore will have a total of 100ha of new green spaces in industrial estates such as Punggol Digital District, Sungei Kadut Eco-District and Jurong Innovation District by 2030.

In April, the National Parks Board and JTC Corporation opened the 3.23ha Hampstead Wetlands Park in aerospace cluster Seletar Aerospace Park. It is Singapore's first wetlands sanctuary in an industrial park.