#Botanist Shawn Lum once saved a tree species from extinction by accident.
The last Chengal Pasir tree in a forest #conservation area in Changi Village was cut down without permission in 2002 by a contractor, which was later heavily fined.
By a stroke of luck, Dr Lum, 54, had collected some seedlings and grown them in his kitchen.
Today, the trees can be found in places such as the Botanic Gardens and Changi Airport.
Whenever Dr Lum goes to the Singapore Zoo, he would say a quick “hi” to the Chengal Pasir growing in its carpark. “They’re like my babies,” said the @naturesocietysingapore president.
The longtime #conservationist added another feather to his cap on Tuesday (Nov 21), receiving the President’s Award for the #Environment at the Istana. The award, also given to Anchor Green Primary School and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital this year, is the nation’s highest accolade for individuals, educational institutions and organisations that have made significant contributions towards environmental and water resource #sustainability in #Singapore.
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