Jurong Lake Gardens, built around the beautiful Jurong Lake, will allow for visitors to experience the natural landscapes of swamp forests and wetlands. In the southern portion of Lakeside Garden, native wetland plant species such as the Nibung Palm (Oncospermum tigillarium) and Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda) have been replanted to restore the natural swamp forest habitat that was once thriving in the area.
Visitors can stand on the boardwalk which overlooks into Alstonia Island, a man-made island planted predominantly with Alstonia spatulata. The island is greatly influenced by the changes in the water level of Jurong Lake and visitors can observe the changes in biodiversity with the tides. Nature trails within the gardens will showcase coastal plants such as Clusia to create various coastal habitats for biodiversity. Immerse yourself in a flower field with butterflies fluttering around in the Butterfly trail. Right beside the Garden House, you will see an expansive grassland habitat with bird hides scattered around to allow for wildlife observation at close quarters without alarming them. Take a stroll along the meandering Rasau Walk along the water’s edge to learn more about riparian vegetation and animals.
In the southern portion of Lakeside Garden, the Neram Streams features a series of de-concretised and naturalised tributaries that mimic the natural streams in the environment to channel stormwater runoff from the gardens into Jurong Lake. The banks of the streams are planted up with semi-aquatic plants that provide a suitable habitat for dragonflies and damselflies such as the Common scarlet (Crocothemis servilia). Adjacent to the streams is the Heron Island which has natural platforms that encourage our resident herons to roost and nest away from human disturbance.
Aside from these attractions, visitors can take a walk through the various nature trails at various areas in Lakeside Garden. These self-exploratory forest trails can be found outside the PA Water Venture building, behind the Dog Run as well as the southern-most section of the gardens. Look out for woodland birds such as the Spotted wood owl (Strix seloputo) and Laced woodpecker (Picus vittatus) roosting amongst the tree canopies as you stroll through the forest.
There are also educational billboards placed around the gardens that provide information on the attractions and the biodiversity that can be found in the area. Use these billboards to plan a DIY trail around the gardens for your family or an educational tour for your children and students!