Last year, my school had an Easter bonnet competition, and the year sixes (my year) had to make one inspired by an architect or a designer. I had been thinking about Stonehenge but I settled on the supertrees of Singapore. I was very excited today, because the trees I had only seen in articles in magazines and on YouTube, I was seeing them for real!
Today is our last day in Singapore, and the place we’re going is called Gardens by the Bay. We spent a few minutes roasting in the sun trying to find the ticket booth when we discovered it wasn’t in any of the trees... We went up in an elevator and the view was extraordinary! The supertrees aren’t just to look pretty, they demonstrate what the future of building might be if we help the environment. They are made entirely out of recycled materials and the planting panels carry over 162,900 species of plant along with 200 varieties of tropical flowers, orchids and ferns. They are on all of the 18 supertrees.
As they were in the process of building the trees, seven million dollars was spent just for a research facility to try and find a way to grow the non-native species of plant to go on them.
We walked across the walkway with a view of the whole city. Marina Bay Sands (the hotel with what looks like a boat on the top) was the biggest and tallest building by far!
The makers of Gardens by the Bay had loads of missions they wanted to accomplish, here are some:
They wanted to make it so that anybody of all shapes sizes and ages can come and enjoy it
They want it to be an "enthralling experience" for everybody who visits
They want every Singaporean to feel proud of their gardens
They want their accomplishment to be a "model for sustainable development and conservation."
The supertrees measure up to 50 metres in height, the average height of a rainforest canopy. Eleven of the supertrees have environmentally friendly functions, one of them being photovoltaic cells so they can absorb solar energy!
Find out more about Gardens By The Bay here.