SINGAPORE: Since the inception of the Million Tree Campaign in 2020, the National Parks Board (NParks) and its volunteers have made great strides to further Singapore’s environmental sustainability, according to the authorities. At the Clean & Green Singapore event held over the weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that NParks has successfully planted over 600,000 trees, putting them on track to reach their goal of one million trees by 2027, three years ahead of schedule.

The movement makes Singapore’s dedication to preserving its natural beauty, combating climate change, and providing its citizens with a thriving green environment. More than 120,000 trees have been planted in 2023 alone.

Mr Heng emphasized that the government is committed to offering more opportunities for the public to make full use of these green spaces. As a part of this commitment, he announced the launch of three new therapeutic gardens at East Coast Park, Sun Plaza Park, and Sembawang Park. These gardens will allow the public to experience the many benefits of therapeutic gardening, which include improving mental and physical well-being.

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Furthermore, in an effort to recognize and support those who have been instrumental in promoting horticulture and community engagement, eight new Community in Bloom Ambassadors were appointed at the event. These ambassadors have made significant contributions to horticultural promotion and actively participated in community activities related to horticulture.

NParks has also taken a significant step towards encouraging more people to engage in gardening by launching a one-stop online platform. This platform aims to provide access to valuable resources and knowledge for gardeners, enabling them to enhance their gardening skills.

The progress of the movement to plant a Million trees is a testament to the efforts of NParks and a symbol of the people’s commitment to environmental conservation. With the goal of planting one million trees by 2027, closer than forecast, Singapore moves towards a greener and healthier future.