Springleaf Nature Park was formerly part of the Chan Chu Kang village – named after the headman Chan Ah Lak who acquired the land near Seletar River to cultivate gambier and pepper. The village was located in the 'kangkar' of the river, meaning the land around the riverbank in Teochew. There were over 10 other villages in the surrounding area, including Kampong Telok Soo, Kampong Jalan Kula Simpang and Sembawang village.
The forests near Chan Chu Kang were also favoured for the collection of botanical and zoological specimens. Prominent collectors, including Henry Nicholas Ridley (the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens) made the first collections of native plant species from the area. Plant specimens collected by Ridley include the Kopsia singapurensis, Bhesa paniculata and Neesia malayana. These specimens were stored in the Singapore Botanic Gardens Herbarium, and can still be found there today.
With urbanisation, the Chan Chu Kang village and nearby plantations were left to rest and became nature corridors between the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and surrounding green spaces. In addition to its rich history, Springleaf Nature Park is an area of high biodiversity.
On your journey of discovery, remember some simple tips to help make park visits enjoyable for everyone. Click here to find out more.
Park Size: 6 hectares
Park lighting hours: 7:00 pm to 7:00 am
167, 169, 980: Alight at bus stop outside the former Nessea Club.
Springleaf MRT Station: walk 550m along Upper Thomson Road (direction is against the traffic, pass Shell)
Carpark Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Safety During Bad Weather
For safety, during and immediately after bad weather, please seek cover at the nearest shelter available and avoid entering forested areas, including nature reserve and nature park. Do note that when planning to go outdoors, you may dial 65427788 for weather forecast.