A slice of lost heritage - The Changi Tree

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This slice is all that remains of the massive Changi Tree that stood witness to the birth of Singapore. A true relic of time, this specimen of "Chengal Pasir" (Hopea sangal) measured a massive 3.3 m girth and had a height of about 35 m – it was likely to be more than a century old, and has even been suggested to be the tree that gave Changi its name. Once listed as extinct in Singapore, this species was rediscovered in 2002 and stood in a gazetted conservation area in Changi. Regardless, it was tragically felled without approval less than 3 months of its rediscovery when a building supervisor was worried about the safety of tenants of two houses nearby. Hopea sengal can also be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. It is a source of a damar resin used in varnishes. The wood is finely grained, extremely durable, and is used for making boats and furniture.