Residents dig in to make Tampines greener


More than 200 Tampines residents planted trees yesterday, including species that were among the favourites of the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

They spent the morning planting 65 saplings of shady tree species such as the tempinis tree along the MRT track, marking the beginning of a community initiative to turn the estate into a greener one. Residents and grassroots advisers planted five species that were among Mr Lee's favourites at the nearby Tampines Green Park. The species included the umbrella-shaped rain tree and the jelutung, a large forest tree.

Also present were Tampines GRC MPs, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng, Mr Desmond Choo and Ms Cheng Li Hui.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2015, with the headline 'Residents dig in to make Tampines greener'. Print Edition | Subscribe