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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Singapore's Stunning Super Forest Takes Shape

The view from the treetops: Singapore's stunning super forest takes shape as its opening day nears

  • Gardens By The Bay development unveils treetop walkway with panoramic views of the city
Towering above the city, these trees as tall as skyscrapers are beginning to take shape.
The man-made structures are part of an artificial woodland stretching 50 metres into the sky - soon to be one of Singapore's newest tourist attractions.
As the opening date draws near for the city's Gardens By The Bay, two new permanent features have been added to the skyway attraction in time for its launch date of June 29.
Visitors will be able to take in a panoramic view of the gardens via an aerial walkway, dubbed the OCBC Skyway, which is set against the backdrop of Marina Bay.

Environmental experts have even been drafted in to add solar panels to seven of the trees. The energy will then be used to light the areas below.
The entire structure will house a cluster of green conservatories when it is completed. Inside the trees there will be plants from around the world. The park will also become home to the Singapore Garden Festival.
Hanging gardens and rainwater catches will be added to the trees and a 22 metre high walkway will be made between two of the canopies allowing guests to take in a view of the scenery.
The Gardens at Marina South is one of three waterfront garden projects under the massive Gardens by the Bay initiative, with the other two in Marina East and Marina Center.
Leaders want to  create a continuous ring of greenery, with the three gardens wrapping around the Marina Bay area.
'They have to be lightweight, they have to be maintainable and hardy, and a great amount of effort has gone into looking for plants that can actually be sustained on this living skin,' Kenneth Er from Gardens by the Bay told Channel News Asia.

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