The Singapore gardens currently sit on UNESCO’s ‘Tentative List’
“Such sites will be further researched on before they are considered for official listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Taylor.
The 962 sites currently on the World Heritage List are places of cultural or natural heritage “considered to be of outstanding value to humanity”, according to UNESCO.
The gardens boast over 30,000 plant and tree species, according to the Singapore National Commission for UNESCO, as well as a swan lake and amphitheatre where classical music and other concerts are held.
It is also internationally acclaimed for its VIP and Celebrity Orchids area, where varieties are cultivated and named after famous people, from Princess Diana to Nelson Mandela.
Local conservationists have welcomed the campaign, and say the garden is Singapore’s best bet at gaining UNESCO heritage site status.
“The gardens have been extremely well maintained over the years and are well deserving to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Yeo Kang Shua, the honorary secretary of the Singapore Heritage Society.
“The entire process of applying to UNESCO will allow Singaporeans to understand the importance of the gardens in our economic development since the British era,” he told AFP.