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Singapore commemorates its bicentennial this year. As we look back at how far we’ve come in the 200 years since the British landed on our shores, we also remember other key milestones – some that date back 700 years – that laid the foundations for our green island in the sun.

Here at NParks, in addition to our history and heritage, we also celebrate our natural heritage. In this issue, we visit three locations – the Istana, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Singapore Botanic Gardens – where you can find green ‘treasures’, majestic trees that have stood tall over the years and bearing witness to time gone by.

Fort Canning Park is the site for many key events held in conjunction with the bicentennial, which is why we make yet another visit there, this time to examine significant historical spots in the park. Besides Raffles, we also remember other key figures who contributed towards the rich natural heritage we enjoy today.

Important conservation work continues on – we highlight the plight of the pangolin which has the dubious title of the Most Trafficked Animal in the world. And while we all go ga-ga over baby turtle videos, there is a much deeper conservation message we should learn. The article, New Home to Conserve Turtles, looks at what is being done at the turtle hatchery on Little Sisters’ Island to conserve the Hawksbill and Green Turtles.

We have overcome challenges to reach many milestones in the last 200 years. So I invite everyone to join us in continuing in our efforts for the conservation of our natural heritage as we look ahead to the next 200 years.

Felix Siew


  • Felix Siew

Conservation Consultant

  • Shin Koh

Gardening Consultant

  • Dr Wilson Wong


  • Ada Davis
  • Enna Lam
  • Hafi Zah
  • Jacqueline Chua
  • Jason Ooi
  • Lee Ling Ying
  • Leon Chin
  • Lynn Chan
  • Naomi Goh
  • Ong Ruici
  • Tok Yin Xin
  • Wong Yeang Cherng