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Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

Singapore post issued a set of postage stamps featuring Gardens by the Bay. Gardens by the Bay – Three distinctive waterfront gardens, namely Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central across the mouth of the Singapore River, in the heart of Marina Bay will define Singapore as the world’s premier tropical garden city.

Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. Singapore’s development into a garden city started four decades ago with the establishment of greening programme. This was initiated with the launch of the Tree planting campaign in 1963.

First announced to the public by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in August 2005, Gardens by the Bay is intended to become Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space, and a national icon.

The Gardens are being developed in phases. Bay South was completed and opened to the public on 29 June 2012. Bay East has been developed as an interim park in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010, and is opened to the public since November 2011, allowing an alternate access to the Marina Barrage. The full master plan implementation of Bay East and the development of Bay Central are part of the next phase of development.

Bay South is the largest of the three gardens at 54 hectares and aims to showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. The overall concept of its master plan draws inspiration from an orchid as it is representative of the tropics and of Singapore, being the country’s national flower. The orchid takes root at the waterfront (Conservatories), while the leaves (landforms), shoots (paths, roads and linkways) and secondary roots (water, energy and communication lines) then form an integrated network with blooms (Theme Gardens and Supertrees) at key intersections.

Bay East is 32 hectares in size and it has a 2km promenade frontage that embroiders the Marina Reservoir. An interim park was developed at Bay East in support of the Youth Olympic Games 2010. The first phase of the garden was opened to the public in Nov 2011.

Bay Central will act as a link between Bay South and Bay East. It stands at 15 hectares with a 3km waterfront promenade that allows for scenic walks stretching from the city centre to the east of Singapore.

Offical site: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

Title: Gardens by the Bay – Singapore
Date of Issue: 28 June 2012
Country: Singapore
Denominations: $1.10 x 2

Source: http://www.singpost.com/

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