The number of fallen trees – possibly over a hundred – must have been a record on 30 Jan.
According to a CNA report, a tipper truck driver “saw at least four fallen trees on his Seletar journey”. A taxi passenger “saw “20-plus trees over the road”.
Despite NParks having conducted ‘proper inspections’, how could so many trees keep falling? Something is clearly not right with NParks inspection regime.
One thing for certain, it does not have sufficient resources to manage 2 million trees. It might have already pruned/felled thousands of trees but that is clearly not the solution.
The result of insufficient resources to conduct proper inspection or prune thousands of trees.
Pruning is frequently not the solution because most tree roots are unable to grow healthily in an urban setting. The diameter of tree roots need to be at least the height of the tree.
Root weakness has already been confirmed by almost all fallen trees (image below). It’s only a question of when other similar trees will fall.
If tree roots are strong, they wouldn’t have fallen during strong winds. It wasn’t as if we were hit by a typhoon.
NParks must stop blaming strong winds, ie telling half truths, because winds did not reach gale force to fell many almost botak trees such as this one below.
If NParks had understood the urgency, it would have at least felled additional thousands of mature trees suspected to have weak roots.
Instead, NParks prioritized patting itself on the back last month, claiming it had done well.
Since adverse weather conditions are here to stay, NParks should provide a long-term solution. Hopefully before another fatality occurs.
No one in their right mind will suggest a treeless Singapore but NParks had better buck up as an accident is just around the corner.
Images of other fallen trees here.
Another large tree with unhealthy roots (below) fell about 2 weeks ago.
Since weak roots has been established as one of the causes of fallen trees, owners of damaged vehicles may want to consider taking action against NParks.