It’s a concept that’s been taken even further at the Gardens By The Bay. I park up the 1.0-litre A3 – perfect for city driving – and head inside to explore this modern take on a public garden. It is spread over 101 hectares and is home to more than a million plants, although the Supertrees are the main attraction. These awesome steel structures are covered in wildlife and have been fitted with solar cells that collect enough energy to light the trees at night. And, just like real trees, they also provide some welcome shade – this British girl is not used to the strong sunshine that Singapore boasts almost all year round.
The tallest Supertree stands 50m tall, and even includes an exclusive restaurant in its canopy. I can’t think of a more perfect spot from which to survey the city of the future than the top of a man-made, nature-powered tree.
Written by Emma Barlow. Photographs by Paul Calver.
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