5 reasons to visit the new Windsor Nature Park in Singapore

April 28, 2017
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    National Parks Board (NParks) opened the 75-hectare Windsor Nature Park on Apr 22, the fourth of five buffer parks to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

    Visitors to the newly opened Windsor Nature Park can see dragonflies, pond skaters and the native masked rough-sided frog in their natural wetland habitat.

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    Located off Upper Thomson Road, Singapore’s sixth nature park is home to almost half of the 122 species of dragonfly found in Singapore.
    Windsor features a 4m-high sub-canopy walkway that extends 150m, allowing visitors to see the fauna found above the ground.

    NParks spent two years repairing existing trails in the park and adding new ones, bringing the total length of trails to 3.85km, up from 2.2km.

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    The park’s low-lying areas are prone to being waterlogged, resulting in the erosion of old trails used to access the TreeTop Walk and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

    Some of the new trails thus feature raised boardwalks to prevent further compaction of tree roots.

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    There are four trails in Windsor Nature Park, with one leading out to the TreeTop Walk.

    More than 500 trees were also planted in the park, including 100 trees planted by students, residents and nature groups during the groundbreaking in 2015.

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    Students helped in the park’s development. Ms Penny Low, 21, who just graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic‘s landscape design and horticulture course, helped to weed the park as part of a school module.

    “I feel a sense of satisfaction, having contributed to this,” she said, adding that the park gives a good introduction to the wetlands.

    Watch the drone footage of Windsor Nature Park below.

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    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times

    (Photos and video: The Straits Times and National Parks Board)

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