From Channelnewsasia, 11 Jul
The Angsana tree in the middle of Braddell Road will be removed after all.
The tree had been preserved during road works in 2005, at a cost of S$200,000. A three-lane road had to be split to accommodate the tree.
But the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the tree has to go, as a safety measure.
Despite precautionary measures such as additional road markings and safety signs, many motorists still run the risk of collision as they ignore the 40 km/hour speed limit.
Do you know what $200,000 can do for needy folks? 400 families could have benefited from a $500 payout each, enough to buy school books, pay utility bills or just several weeks’ worth of decent meals.
Whose bright idea was it to save the tree anyway? Aren’t there older and more unique trees than this Angsana?
But horror of horrors, look what one ST Forum letter writer wrote:
I READ with dismay the report, ‘U-turn: End of the road for 80-year-old tree in Braddell’ (ST, July 12).
I would like to dissuade the Land Transport Authority and National Parks Board from taking down the tree. I hope there is still time to reverse the decision or at least open it up for further consideration.
I love that tree for being there. Located in the middle of the road, it makes Braddell Road different from all the others.
And for the few seconds that one passes under the tree, one can actually feel the cool difference under its wide branches.
The decision to keep the tree two years ago was a right one, a good one. Perhaps the effort to keep it there had not been recognised enough. But that doesn’t mean it was unappreciated.
Every time I get to drive down Braddell Road, I look forward to seeing this tree, sticking out in the middle of nowhere, allowed to live amid the advancing concrete jungle.
It is the same pleasure I get driving down Mount Pleasant Road, along parts of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, and Upper Thomson Road after Yio Chu Kang Road. It is a feeling I cannot put in words or quantify.
Lately, we have read so much about global warming and the effects of a thinning polar ice cap. Yet here we go again, chopping down another tree because motorists cannot learn to slow down.
You stop drink driving by educating people about the dangers, not by removing alcohol from the shelves.
In the same way, drivers have to be educated – to observe road signs, signals and rules.
A tree cannot walk to another spot. Humans can learn, can adapt.
Surely, Singaporeans are humans. Surely, we can learn to observe speed limits and put the foot on the brake pedal.
Educate drivers. Keep the tree.
Joanne Teo (Ms)
One can actually feel the cool difference under its wide branches? In a car with airconditioning? For all of the 1 second it takes to travel under the tree? Chop another tree down because motorists cannot slow down?
Hullo, why don’t we plant trees in the middle of the PIE or CTE? That’ll be a great way to get everyone to observe the speed limit yah?
Sheesh, I can’t believe which is more annoying. The obvious waste of $200k (that’s my fricking money LTA) or the mindblowing reasons people give to save that tree.
Look, I hated the building of the Braddell flyover. It expanded the roads which cut into the greenery surrounding my block and removed a critical overhead bridge. But there was nothing as stupid as saving that tree.