Exploring A Century-Old Forest

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Exploring A Century-Old Forest

April 13, 2017

Discover freshwater forest wetland and lowland rainforest habitats, see giant and wild fruit trees, and spot birds and butterfiles at The Learning Forest, a new extension of the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG).

Opened on 31 March 2017, the 10-hectare forested area (about the size of 15 football fields) can be accessed from Tyersall Avenue, near the SBG’s Swan Lake.

The forested area, which has a long history that can be traced back to the early 19th century, is an extensive restoration project of the wetlands and forests that formerly surrounded the SBG. It is home to over 100 species of birds, 20 species of amphibians and reptiles, 19 species of butterflies, seven species of mammals and more than 500 species of plants.

The area can be explored through a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways.

• The SPH Walk Of Giants
Get up close to some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia, some of which can grow up to at least 60 metres tall (about 20 storeys high) in this 260-metre elevated boardwalk section of the Learning Forest.

Photo: National Parks Board

Look out for forest palms and climbers, fissured trunks and fragrant flowers of the giant Tembusu, and crown shyness of the Kapur. Crown shyness is a natural phenomenon where individual tree crowns are separated by gaps, forming a “puzzle-like” pattern against the sky.

Experience what it’s like being up in a tree at the Canopy Web (robe beds). Peer up into the crowns of the surrounding trees and also see them flowering up-close. 

Canopi Web
Photo: Shee Zhi Qiang / National Parks Board

• Keppel Discovery Wetlands

Photo: National Parks Board

Learn more about swamp forests in this 1.8-hectare area which is connected by trails and boardwalks. Over 200 species of plants can be found here including plants named after some of the SBG’s botanists such as Nathaniel Cantley, Henry Ridley and EJH Corner at the Botanists’ Boardwalk.

Botanists' Boardwalk
Photo: Shee Zhi Qiang / National Parks Board

You can also check out the pretty orchid species such as the Deer Antlered Phalaenopsis, Orchid Nun and Finlayson’s Cymbidium at the Orchid Islands section.

There’s also Pulai Marsh, a freshwater swamp habitat that supports a rich variety of plants and wildlife, and eventually feeds into the SBG’s Swan Lake.

Wild Fruit Trees Arboretum
Fruit lovers, see how many species of wild fruit trees you can identify on your own in this arboretum. It is home to more than 50 species including the soursop, jackfruit, lychee, mango and the critically endangered Asam Gelugor.

• Bambusetum
Over at the Bambusetum, you can find more than 30 species of tropical bamboos. Look out for the Giant Bamboo which can grow up to 10 storeys high and has stems that are wide enough to be cut up and used as buckets, and the Timorese black bamboo.


• 5am to 12midnight daily
(The SPH Walk of Giants and Keppel Discovery Wetlands are closed from 7pm to 7am to maintain a conducive habitat for wildlife)

• Every Saturday, 9am
• Register at Visitor Services, Tyersall Gate, 15 minutes before the tour


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