The National Parks Board (NParks) recently unveiled the Forest Restoration Action Plan for the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Nature Park Network. The Action Plan will chart the restoration that will be undertaken over the next 10 years to regenerate the secondary forests in the Nature Parks buffering the two Nature Reserves, as well as disturbed patches within the Reserves. This will assist the forests to regenerate and approximate a mature forest landscape in time.
The Action Plan seeks to strengthen the resilience of our native rainforests by restoring ecological processes, and enhancing the biodiversity and ecological connectivity in these areas. This will improve the habitats for native biodiversity. It is also timely to assist with the succession of the early secondary rainforests to more mature and diverse rainforests over time. This will strengthen the resilience of our forest landscapes to climate change, and will be achieved through a science-based approach that will involve the sustained planting of native rainforest species.
The approach will comprise the planting of a framework of native species that are nitrogen fixing to naturally improve the soil condition, and those that will attract dispersers and pollinators. The regenerating forest will be assisted further by the removal of invasive weed species. Dominant primary rainforest species, which might be limited by dispersal or are rare in occurrence, will also be introduced. In restoring these forests, efforts will also be directed towards the regeneration of riparian vegetation alongside natural streams to further conserve this sensitive habitat.
The Forest Restoration Action Plan is integral to NParks’ habitat enhancement and restoration programme under its Nature Conservation Masterplan (NCMP). Launched in 2015, the NCMP charts Singapore’s plans for biodiversity conservation.
The Action Plan was announced during a recent tree-planting session to mark the commencement of restoration efforts at the upcoming Rifle Range Nature Park, which will be completed in 2020. It is one of the areas to be restored under the Action Plan.
At a recent launch event for the 160th Anniversary celebrations of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the National Parks Board (NParks) unveiled their plans for the 8 ha extension to the Gardens along Gallop Road. Comprising an arboretum which will hold 200 to 300 species of dipterocarp forest species, Singapore’s first permanent collection of botanical art on display, a restored ridge-top habitat and a biophilic play area, the Gallop extension brings the total area of the Gardens to 82 hectares – the largest in its 160-year history. For the first time in Singapore, visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to explore and appreciate native forest ecology in one location, furthering the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants.
As Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has a rich history of research, conservation, education and recreation.
With its rolling terrain of open lawns framed by landscapes of native plants and forests, and featuring two conservation buildings, the Gallop extension will continue the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ heritage roles in research, conservation, education and recreation. As a natural extension of the Gardens’ Nature Area which covers 6 ha of primary rainforest and the Learning Forest, the Gallop extension will enable visitors to learn about forest ecology and the importance of conservation in a single location when it opens in late 2019. The extension will also buffer against urban development surrounding the native flora and fauna within the Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more about the various new features of this green project here.
Gardens by the Bay's new outdoor garden attraction, Serene Garden, is a unique horticultural garden inspired by the minimalist concept of Japanese zen gardens. A tranquil 2-hectare space located just a stone’s throw from The Meadow, visitors can get a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life as they enjoy an intimate encounter with nature.
Serene Garden, a calm and peaceful green space is just a short stroll away from the popular Supertree Grove. Taking 3 years to conceptualise and build, the outdoor themed garden offers scenic views of the city's beautiful skyline as its backdrop while bringing visitors closer to nature — truly a uniquely Singaporean experience.
Serene Garden is open daily from 5.00am to 2.00am to the public and admission is free. Read more about Serene Garden here.
Reprovisions is a new zero-waste bulk store which is now open in Jurong Point. You can even get freshly grounded nut butter (without any additional oil, salt or sugar) on the spot!
Reprovisions is a bulk food store where you can purchase various unpackaged items through the weigh-and-pay concept.
They serve your needs and cravings as they stock healthful foods such as superfoods, nuts and dried fruits, as well as eclectic indulgences such as long licorice candies and handmade chocolates. They also cater to homemakers and cooking enthusiasts with their range of spice blends, Asian mixes and staples.
At Reprovisions, they aim to provide you with items from the best sources, so you can refill and relish with them!
A green corridor adjacent to the Bukit Timah First Diversion Canal (between Holland Green and Holland Plain) is now open.
Reaching almost 1km in length, this green corridor features rain gardens, vegetated swales, and wetland systems. The diverse native plants and forest tree species provide a conducive environment for flora and fauna including the Grey Heron, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Malayan Water Monitor and many dragonflies.
The green corridor runs along Holland Plain and you can get there via Holland Road or Holland Link.
The National Parks Board (NParks) launched Singapore’s first turtle hatchery at the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park in end-September. The hatchery is strategically located on Small Sister’s Island, a protected area zoned for conservation and research. There are two species of turtles that are native to Singapore – the Hawksbill Turtle and Green Sea Turtle – both of which are critically endangered.
Supported by HSBC’s 150th anniversary Community Fund through the Garden City Fund, the hatchery will also provide research opportunities for scientists to study local sea turtle populations. Outreach and education programmes will also be organised at the hatchery.
The turtle hatchery consists of two sections: A turtle field station and an incubation sand pit area. The turtle field station is a hub for hatchery-related activities, volunteer training, as well as curated educational and research programmes. The incubation sand pit area comprises three non-magnetic metal cages, where the turtle eggs will be kept. The cages will be partially buried in the sand and will protect the incubating eggs against predators, such as monitor lizards.
The National Parks Board (NParks) has opened the approximately 1 hectare Ethnobotany Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This new themed garden is the first in Singapore where visitors can learn about plants used by indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia; and it features a centre for ethnobotany which complements the outdoor landscape with an interpretive exhibition of artefacts and interactive elements.
The Ethnobotany Garden is in the Gardens’ Bukit Timah Core and located at an area historically known as the Economic Garden. This section of the Gardens was previously a space for experimentation with plants that had potential commercial applications, many of which were first derived from traditional uses.
Development of the Ethnobotany Garden is aligned with the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage status, supporting its Outstanding Universal Value by showcasing its unrivalled collections of economic, medicinal and ethnobotanical plants – the largest such collection in Southeast Asia. This new garden enhances the Gardens’ role as an educational provider, which is in line with UNESCO’s mission.
From the first half of 2020, residents of Sembawang will have a uniquely designed Bukit Canberra – an integrated sport and community hub, that will inspire them to live better.
To be opened in phases, the 12-hectare hub will provide amenities such as a hawker centre, indoor and outdoor sport facilities, a polyclinic, a senior care centre, green spaces for community farming and lifestyle related amenities for the community within a lush and naturalistic environment.
The National Parks Board (NParks) and JTC Corporation are working on the undersea housing for marine life project at the Sisters' Islands Marine Park, which will see 10m high structures placed in the waters by the end of the year. They will be made from concrete and recycled rocks from JTC's other projects. The marine park will get an additional 500 sq m of reef area to support existing habitat enhancement and reef restoration efforts to conserve marine biodiversity.
The idea is to transform bare seabed into a thriving marine ecosystem by giving corals a place to take root, and in turn attract fish and other sea life.
Singapore is home to more than 250 species of hard corals, about one-third of the worldwide diversity.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens’Seed Bank is Singapore’s first seed bank and will conserve the seeds of threatened plant species from Southeast Asia. Works for the seed bank are expected to be completed by mid-2019.
The seed bank will play a key role in conserving plant diversity in the region and ensure the growth of the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ plant collection. The seed bank will have the capacity to store seeds from up to 25,000 species of plants. This is around half the total number of seed plant species in Southeast Asia, and nearly triple the 9,000 species of plants that the Gardens currently has in its living collection. When established, the seed bank targets to achieve 100 seed collections per year.
The facility will be established in House 4, the largest of five colonial-style houses within the Raffles College. Originally named Mansfield Lodge, it served as the college president’s residence when it was built in the 1920s. This house was designated as a Conserved Building in October 2006. Read more about this project here.
NParks developed and curated the St John’s Island Trail to encourage public appreciation for its rich biodiversity and the history of St John’s Island and Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. The trail is part of NParks’ outreach initiatives on marine biodiversity under NParks’ Nature Conservation Masterplan, which consolidates Singapore’s biodiversity conservation efforts to help achieve Singapore’s City in a Garden vision.
The 2.8 km St John’s Island Trail comprises 15 stations marked with signboards that serve as both station markers and educational resources, highlighting the diversity of flora and fauna as well as the island’s colourful history.
St John’s Island is rich in local history. Since 1604, the island was marked on explorers’ maps. The island was planted extensively with crops in the mid-19th century, before it became a quarantine centre. In 1948, parts of the island were converted into a detention centre for political prisoners such as C. V. Devan Nair, who later became Singapore’s third President. From the 1970s onwards, the island has been mainly used for recreation and is popular with beach-goers and picnickers. Today, it serves as a base for marine research.
When you are on the island, try spotting Singapore’s tallest bird (1.15 m), the Great-billed Heron. It uses its dagger-like bill to spear large fish. This species is locally critically-endangered due to habitat loss.
Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB@SDE) will be a new addition to the existing three buildings of the NUSSchool of Design and Environment. The new building, which will be completed in early 2019, will function as a living laboratory to promote research collaboration with public agencies and industry partners.
With a gross floor area of 8,514 square metres, it will house a mix of research laboratories, test-bedding facade, design studios, as well as teaching and common learning spaces. It will also include a 3D Scanning Laboratory, the NUS-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre and the NUS-CDL Smart Green Home.
Conceptualised by the NUS School of Design and Environment, the NZEB@SDE is designed to be climate-responsive with net-zero energy consumption. The six-storey building will feature a range of green building designs, such as harnessing solar energy, hybrid cooling approach, natural ventilation and lighting.
One key aspect of the NZEB@SDE is its contemporary architecture design which demonstrates a deep understanding of the tropical climate of Singapore. The design concept incorporates a large overhanging roof, which together with the double facades on the East and West of the building, shade it from the sun’s heat and provide a cooler interior.
The building design also makes use of the architectural concept of “floating boxes”, where its shallow plan depth and porous layout allows for cross-breezes, natural lighting and views to the outdoors. Weather permitting, rooms can also be opened to natural breezes, and air conditioning is used only where it is needed, reducing the electricity usage of the building. The result is an architecture that seeks to offer a deeply biophillic experience that connects NUS staff and students to the campus’ natural surroundings.
NZEB@SDE is also designed to consume only as much energy as it produces. This is made possible by harvesting solar energy using more than 1,200 solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof. On days when there is insufficient solar energy, the building will draw energy from the power grid. Over the course of the year, the net amount taken from the grid will be zero – achieving net-zero energy consumption.
Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 with a quest to create a range of superlative products for the skin, hair and body. They are committed to using both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy – particularly those with the greatest anti-oxidant properties.
They value all human endeavours undertaken with intellectual rigour, vision and a nod to the whimsical. Every Aesop product is made with the same attention to detail they believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration a diversity of needs as well as seasonal and environmental conditions.
They advocate the use of their formulations as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine and a regular dose of stimulating literature.
Embracing Eastern wisdom passed down from generations to generations and perfected over thousands of years, Harnn is proud of its Asian heritage. Each formulation is inspired by Asian holistic approach to well being and utilizes the finest natural active ingredients to help restore the natural balance of body and mind, to reveal the natural beauty in you.
At Harnn, pampering is more than skin deep, pure precious essential oils are used for their wonderful fragrance as well as aromatherapy properties. Asian artistic heritage is reflected in each of Harnn’s award winning designs; making each piece a contemporary luxury design to delight and enrich your everyday life.
Beaute by Kew (pronounced as bo-te) is a specialty boutique beauty salon founded by Lily Kew, an expert in holistic living, beauty, skincare, health, diet and nutrition. She has previous experience in running beauty salons and Beaute by Kew is her latest endeavour to bring a fresh new concept to spa and beauty services.
Beaute by Kew is centred round a vintage concept, bringing you back to the past in a classy salon environment. It is vintage yet metropolitan, having the state-of-the-art facilities to provide quality beauty services for everyone. It is dedicated to meet all your beauty needs. Beaute by Kew strives to be abreast of the latest beauty trends and developments. This ensures that the boutique beauty salon is constantly developing to bring the latest modern technology to be used in its services.
Beaute by Kew aims to provide professional essential beauty treatments to everyone with utmost care, quality and passion in an elegant and chic environment. The concept of the place serves to evoke calmness and comfort in everyone, presenting the boutique beauty salon as a place where you can enjoy pampering themselves holistically. They pride themselves in offering excellent customer service and specialty beauty treatments, all done professionally with its dedicated team of dynamic staff.
Travellers like good location, great value and excellent access around the city great; Chancellor@Orchard offers nothing less.
Located in Orchard Road, Singapore’s largest shopping district is therefore accessible within walking distance from the hotel.
At Chancellor@Orchard, they believe modern travelers have a green heart and respect for the environment. The hotel is Green Star rated, having adopted environmentally-friendly construction methods and materials. Besides harvesting rainwater for watering the plants around the hotel, all electrical equipment in the hotel are green ticked. Furthermore, each room is equipped with filtered water dispenser so that you can consume water without wasting a single plastic bottle. Environmental conservation is greatly valued, and we will spare no effort to uphold it.
The 28-metre long lap pool at the rooftop is the place to unwind. There is a wading pool for children as well. Alternatively, relax under the green canopy and enjoy the view of the lush greenery within the Orchard Road belt.
Greenwood Mews is a showcase of luxurious cluster homes nestled in the prestigious Greenwood enclave of Bukit Timah.
Greenwood Mews is located at the city-fringe and at the same time, is close to nature’s tranquility with Bukit Timah Nature Reserve at a stone’s throw away. Over the years, the Greenwood Avenue has transformed into a notable dining attraction. Tucked in a quiet corner off Dunearn Road, it offers clusters of unique restaurants and cafes serving both local and international mix of cuisines, which promise to delight every gourmand.
Greenwood Mews’ expansive waterways are an iconic feature. The spa-themed cabanas and resort-style gazebos alongside the unique landscaped pool create a holiday environment that truly feels removed from Singapore.
A home reserved only for the privileged few, it melds style and comfort by offering a spacious living environment. Aside from the roof terrace and basement car park, there is also a wet and dry kitchen with state-of-the-art fixtures from Kuppersbusch and Axor Starck X.
Entry to the barbecue pavilion, children’s playground and gymnasium is also part of the thoughtful design in order to provide you with effortless convenience. For an intimate experience, have a cosy pool-side gathering with family and friends at the dining pavilions that come equipped with kitchen amenities.
INSEAD, the leading international business school, has just opened a Leadership Development Centre on the school’s campus in Singapore. The leading business school partnered with top global companies seeking to establish professional development centres for their employees in Asia.
The new Leadership Centre marks “Phase Three” in the school’s expansion and will increase the numbers of students, executives and faculty significantly on-site as INSEAD continues to bring together the world’s top scholars and practitioners. The Centre will serve as a catalyst for INSEAD to re-define global management education for executives from around the world by combining research and teaching excellence with an unparalleled learning environment,
The six-storey complex spans over and area of 10,000m² and will provide government agencies, foundations, alumni, philanthropists and business leaders with an extraordinary public opportunity to support the school's future.
Savor authentic Portuguese cuisine for the very first time in Singapore at Boca.
The ground floor is where they have the Tasca, a relaxed and cool setting for you to enjoy the special petiscos (tapas) paired with their unique Portuguese wines.
You can also just simply savour the best espresso in Singapore along with authentic crispy Portuguese egg tarts. Indulge in traditional Portuguese cuisine but in a totally modern, hip and cool environment.