Talking Trees

A Blog by John Halkett

Category: Philosophy

Singapore’s concrete and steel Supertrees

Singapore’s 18 Supertrees have become shorthand for Singapore itself, in much the same way that the Eiffel Tower says Paris.

Known for doing things on a grand scale, the stylish city of Singapore has created the ultimate green space, but with a difference. Its city forest, built from concrete and steel is nonetheless a celebration of trees, and now the city’s distinguishing tourist attraction. The city’s futuristic Supertree Grove of 18 Supertrees has become shorthand for Singapore itself, in much the same way that the Eiffel Tower says Paris. Each Supertree consists of a trunk

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Baobab trees – upside-down giants

Boabab Tree

Among the world’s most unusual trees, the baobabs are frequently described as being grotesque because of their huge, swollen, bottle-shaped trunks supporting a shallow crown of ungainly branches.

Standing tall on the sunburned plains of Africa and Australia, baobabs may be amongst the oldest life forms on the planet. Many of the specimens standing today have been around for well over two thousand years. Tremendous in size and bizarre in appearance, they have provided food, medicine, and

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Home of the gods

Schwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar: trees remain places of reverence and home of the gods.

Trees have frequently been viewed as places of reverence and the home of gods. Even today when trees and forests are recognised as the source of so many products essential to daily life, they are still revered as special places of environmental, cultural and spiritual importance.

In his book; The Tree in Changing Light, Australian author Roger McDonald1 expresses the connection between man and trees as follows:

It is impossible to separate trees from people’s attitudes about themselves –

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