The Dawoodi Bohra community in Singapore conducted a tree planting drive at Fort Canning Park on the 5th of January 2020, in celebration of the 76th birthday of His Holiness TUS. The park encompasses the original site of Singapore’s First Botanic Gardens.
In keeping with the community’s environmental awareness initiatives and inspired by the directives of Islam which urge Muslims to conserve and protect the environment, community members planted numerous trees and resolved to sustain the practice. Indonesian Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Burmannii) and Common Putat (Barringtonia Racemosa) were among the species of trees planted and are endemic to the region.
The drive was conducted under the guidance of NParks, the government statutory board which develops and maintains Singapore’s world-renowned greenery. The NParks team also highlighted the significance of the flora and fauna at Fort Canning Park, and explained the economic, ethnobotanical and conservation importance of the various tree species that were planted. The planted trees are likely to last 50 years, and possibly even up to 200 years according to the experts.