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There's an alternative way to soak up some nature without having to brave through the heat – or rain. A relaxing and scenic drive down one of Singapore's heritage roads is definitely the comfier option – think leather seat and air-conditioner – to be one with nature and learn a thing or two about the road's past. These roads are lined with mature trees that form the backbone of the city's landscape and are a result of over 40 years of dedicated care and growth.
In 2001, the National Parks Board (NParks) launched the Heritage Road Scheme with the aim to conserve the significant tree-lined roads. To preserve these tree-scapes, a green buffer of 10-metres on both sides of the road is implemented and any removal of trees or plants is considered illegal. With rapid development, there is a strong sense of urgency to recognise the importance of these mature trees and their contribution to Singapore's identity, history, and continuity. Buckle up – here are the ones that have been gazetted as Heritage Roads as of 2006.