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To kick-start the greening of Eco-Link@BKE, representatives from government agencies and civil organisations came together on Saturday to plant 50 native trees at the site.
SINGAPORE: The seeds have been sown for a unique ecological bridge, the Eco-Link@BKE, that will connect two nature reserves in Singapore.
Staff and representatives from government agencies and civil organisations on Saturday planted 50 native trees at the bridge, which is described as the first of its kind in Singapore.
Greening of the connector is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Eco-Link@BKE runs over and across the Bukit Timah Expressway.
National Parks Board (NParks) said the bridge will allow wildlife to move between the
Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves.
NParks said insects, butterflies and birds will make use of the bridge, and over time, animals like the pangolin, flying squirrel, palm civet and porcupine are expected to make use of the extension as well.
The crossing of wildlife will also benefit native plant species.
Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said: “The BKE built in the 80s segmented two areas of wildlife and plant life, and it is hoped that with this eco-link bridge, we'll be able to see and record a growth in the various species that nature groups are concerned about.
“I think this represents at the symbolic level, a commitment by Singapore and Singaporeans to preserve what is precious about our biodiversity, because of itself and because of the importance of nature."