Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: A Model for Conservation
Home to the largest primary forest in Singapore and a remarkable range of biodiversity, the land upon which the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve now sits used to be one of the first eight forest reserves overseen by the Forest Department of Singapore in the late 1800s.
Conservation efforts since the founding of Singapore in 1819 have protected the area and helped to retain much of the local flora and fauna found within. Established in 1883, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was one of the first forest reserves to be created in Singapore, as recommended by Nathaniel Cantley, then the Superintendent of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Today, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is protected under the Parks and Trees Act, and was officially declared an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2011. The 163-ha reserve retains one of the few areas of primary rainforest in the country and is home to a high percentage of our nation’s native flora and fauna,
There are many trees within the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that we would not be able to see up close today, had there not been such conscientious efforts to protect forests in Singapore since the late 19th century. Here are some of the remarkable trees you can find in the Reserve.
Photo credit: Ang Wee Foong
Text by Naomi Goh
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