FAQs Advanced Search Advanced Search Close Panel All of these words This exact phrase Any of these words Without these words Search within: NParksWhole of Government Expand All Collapse All StreetscapeHeritage Trees Scheme 1. What types of species are eligible to be included as Heritage Trees? Heritage Trees include both native and introduced species. Over the past decades, we have selectively evaluated and planted introduced species in our Garden City. They have contributed to the overall image of our Garden City and have become an integral part of our Garden City. Hence outstanding botanical specimens of introduced species, in addition to our own native species, are both eligible for inclusion as our Heritage Trees. 2. Who can nominate a heritage tree? How can I nominate? Nominations are opened to all community groups, corporate bodies, schools and individuals. For more information on nominating a heritage tree, please click here. 3. How would my nomination help to protect and safeguard the tree? Once endorsed as a Heritage Tree, the tree would be included in our online Heritage Trees List for the purpose of promoting its conservation and educating the community to conserve mature trees in Singapore. 4. Are the Heritage Trees legally protected under any legislation or Act? For Heritage trees that are within NParks' managed areas or within existing Tree Conservation Areas, they are adequately protected under the existing Parks and Trees Act and the National Parks Board Act. For Heritage Trees that fall outside the above-mentioned areas, the intention is to encourage voluntary nomination by land owners. This is in line with the spirit of encouraging communal ownership of the scheme. 5. Do Heritage Trees need any special care programme? These trees are a part our Natural Heritage and a special care programme would be put up to conserve them. For example, NParks would be installing lightning conductors on some of these trees to protect against damages by lightning. We may also adopt other measures to prevent soil compaction or excavation around the root zone. Heritage trees would also be inspected and maintained by NParks through a regular tree care programme. NParks is working with development agencies so that their developments are sited away from the trees, rather than affecting its conservation. 6. Does it mean that only native species are eligible to be included as Heritage Trees? Heritage Trees include both native and introduced species. Over the past decades, we have selectively evaluated and planted introduced species in our Garden City. They have contribtuted to the overall image of our Garden City and have become an integral part of our Garden City. Hence outstanding botanical specimens of introduced species, in addition to our own native species, are both eligible for inclusion as our Heritage Trees. 7. Does the scheme apply to trees in privately owned land? In the initial list, only trees within stateland were identified as Heritage Trees. However, the scheme will now be extended to privately owned trees, where private owners can voluntarily nominate their trees for consideration as Heritage Trees. 8. Will outstanding trees in privately-owned land be gazetted as Heritage Trees? The Scheme is a Community Scheme, with the main objective of encouraging community awareness and pride to conserve significant mature trees around us. It is therefore intended to be implemented on a voluntary basis, where owners can voluntarily nominate their trees to the Panel for consideration. 9. How would trees in privately owned land be affected, if they qualified as Heritage Trees? The owners will retain the legal ownership of the trees and as well as the routine care and responsibilities for their trees. 10. Other than trees on state-owned land, can trees in privately owned land be nominated as well? All trees in Singapore can be nominated. However for nominated trees on private land, the consent of the owners must be obtained before the trees can be included as Heritage Trees. 11. Can I nominate a non-native tree? Yes, nominations include both native and non-native tree species. 12. Is there a criterion to assess my nomination? The Heritage Trees Scheme serves to identify, recognise and conserve majestic individual trees in our landscape. Only trees endorsed by the Heritage Trees Panel would be accepted as Heritage Trees. The criteria for endorsement of a Heritage tree include a girth size of 5m, rarity of species, aesthetic, historical significance, cultural reason, social and educational value. 13. Is there a closing date for submission of nominations? No, nominations can be submitted as and when you find suitable trees. 14. How would I know that my nomination is successful? You would be informed of the status of your nominations through a reply from the Heritage Trees Panel.