Participate in nature at its best at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The reserve is a mere 12 km buzzing city center. With Singapore being on the equator, this reserve has one of the most distinct ecological systems. This 163-ha reserve comes with Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah. Standing at 163 meters, this hill is home to one of the few rainforests of the country. This rainforest has remained a botanical area for over a century. Also, the very first discovered specimens of various species of Malaysian plants have been obtained here.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Rainforest
By being home to about 40% of the nation’s natural flora and fauna, the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is a favorite destination for many who are looking to come close to nature. The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, established in the year 1883, was one of the very first ever created rainforest reserves created in Singapore. As intended by the Superintendent of Singapore Botanic Gardens back then, Nathaniel Cantley was commissioned by the government of Straits settlement in 1882 for the purpose of preparing a report on the forests of these settlements. In this report, he included his personal recommendations talking about how several forest reserves are to be created on the island, which is exactly what happened a few years later. Bukit Timah Collection is located near to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and therefore many outdoor activities can be held at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for the residents.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Restoration Works
By the year 1937 however, all of these future reserves had been cut down and depleted of their natural resources for the further expansion of civilization. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was the only reserve that retained all of its elements. During 1951, the reserve was protected by the authorities set up an act by the name of Natures Reserve Ordinance, as well as by the establishment known as Natures Reserves Board whose main job is to manage these reserves.
The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve was closed for a while between September 2014 but was then reopened on October 2016 with all the restoration work complete. One can now freely enjoy this region’s natural beauty and take up the challenge of climbing Singapore’s tallest hill, going through pockets of the hill’s dipterocarp forest, which can solely be found in that one specific place.
One can even spend time learning about the vast array of biodiversity presiding here. The exhibition hall is a host to displays of the plant specimens and forest ecology in case one wants to come up close and personal with them.
Asean Heritage Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
It Is an interesting fact that the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve on the 18th of October 2011 was declared an ASEAN Heritage. It is now a wide part of the regional network of 35 other protected areas, along with the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Thus, forming an entire spectrum of representative ecosystems in all of the ASEAN Member states.