No pruning down on essential upkeep of Singapore greenery

Some works on hold but those with bearing on public safety, health still go on: Agencies

Overgrown grass spotted along (from left) Seletar Aerospace Drive, Jalan Tiga in Mountbatten, and Prince Philip Avenue off Alexandra Road.
Overgrown grass along Toa Payoh Lorong 6. The National Parks Board said operations such as preventive tree pruning and grass cutting for vector control are still ongoing. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Overgrown grass along Toa Payoh Lorong 6. The National Parks Board said operations such as preventive tree pruning and grass cutting for vector control are still ongoing.
Overgrown grass spotted along Jalan Tiga in Mountbatten.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Fallen leaves at Lambeth Walk in Seletar. Weeding and grass cutting services have been halted in many areas due to Covid-19.
Overgrown grass spotted along Prince Philip Avenue off Alexandra Road.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

In a matter of weeks, they have sprouted by the roadside, next to canals and on beaches. Weeds and wildflowers have run rampant across Singapore where previously they were not allowed to bloom.

Mimosas, dandelions and coatbuttons now dot the once impeccably manicured Garden City since weeding and grass cutting services were halted in many areas due to the extended circuit breaker measures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2020, with the headline 'No pruning down on essential upkeep of S'pore greenery'. Subscribe