From polluted rivers to ‘City in a Garden’
Gardens by the Bay, which has been open to the public since 2012, was not created just for fun. It is part of Singapore’s plan to become known as a ‘City in a Garden’. Singapore wants to be a leader in Asia in the field of environmental sustainability and landscape architecture. In 1965, Singapore’s president, Lee Kuan Yew, had a plan: ‘Keep us clean. Keep us green.’ He believed that when a city is pleasant for people to live in, it becomes an attractive place to invest. 30 years ago, Singapore looked like neighboring countries now. Polluted rivers, rubbish on the streets and no knowledge of biodiversity.
The enlightened Supertrees have an important purpose
Now, you don’t see these polluted rivers anymore and according to the Singaporean government, any Asian country can develop as Singapore has done. In the park, there are 18 ‘supertrees’ which you can find in the largest park, Bay South. With a length between 25 and 50 meters high, this is the first thing you see when you come to the park. During the day it looks impressive, but how about in the evening?