SINGAPORE – The National Parks Board (NParks) unveiled the Avenue of Heritage Trees at Connaught Drive this morning (March 27), featuring 22 heritage rain trees.
The avenue was launched by Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, in conjunction with the second Car-Free Sunday event this year.
NParks said that the avenue will be part of the upcoming Civic District Tree Trail, which will allow the public to learn more about Singapore’s Heritage Trees.
In a statement, NParks said that some of the 22 heritage trees along Connaught Drive are estimated to have been planted in the mid-1880s, which would mean that they have witnessed some historic events in the civic district, like Singapore’s declaration of independence from the British in 1963, and Singapore’s first National Day celebrations in 1966.
The Civic District Tree Trail, starting at the front gate of the Istana and ending at the Raffles Landing near Empress Place, will open to the public on May 1. Trees that visitors on the trail will be able to see include rain trees, angsana trees, and frangipani trees.
NParks said that a free guided tour of the trail will be available from May.