Mr Lee Kuan Yew greened up Singapore as he felt strongly that “a blighted urban landscape, a concrete jungle destroys the human spirit. We need the greenery of nature to lift our spirits.”
To better understand and quantify greenery’s benefits, NParks is embarking on two research studies, in collaboration with NUS and KTPH:
Park Prescription examines the positive effects of physical activity in parks with clinical research;
Horticultural Therapy investigates the effects of parks and gardening on the mental health of the elderly.
We hope to gain further insights on such greening effects through research.
But Singaporeans know instinctively all along — that green spaces promote physical and mental well-being. Who does not want to live in or near a garden?
That is why we set out to ensure that 80 per cent of homes in Singapore are within a 10-minute walk from a park, and aim to raise this to 90 per cent by 2030.
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